Scholar’s stone
Hoashi Kyōu (1810-1884)
Work on paper, mounted on silk, dated 1878
129 x 35 cm (191 x 47.5 cm)

Kyōu was the fourth son of a wealthy farmer of Hetsugi in the province of Bungo (now Oita Prefecture), on the island of Kyushu. During his adolescence, following the advice of his teacher Tanomura Chikuden (1777-1835), an artist who influenced many painters, Hoashi Kyōu studied Chinese painting and adopted a style that borrows from both paintings of the Qing period and works of his master Chikuden. This painting is dated 1878, just a year before he lost the use of one eye and stopped painting. In 1984, for the hundredth anniversary of his death, the Kaikan Ōita Kenritsu Geijutsu museum organized a major retrospective of his work.