Sōami

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Sōami (相阿弥, died 1525) was a Japanese painter and landscape artist.

Sōami was the grandson and son of the painters and art connoisseurs Nōami and Geiami, respectively. He was in the service of the Ashikaga shogunate who is claimed to have designed the rock garden of the Ginkaku-ji.

Squirrel on a Bamboo Stalk, painting bearing the signature and seal of Sōami, Honolulu Museum of Art
Li Bai viewing the waterfall at Mt. Lu, by Soami (d. 1525), Japan, Muromachi period, approx. 1500-1525, hanging scroll, ink on paper - Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Unlike many of his contemporaries, Sōami's paintings were in the style of China's Southern School; some of his greatest pieces covered over twenty panels, and depicted Japanese landscapes using Chinese methods. His work was among the first nanga or Southern School work in Japan. Sōami is most known for his "four seasons(eight panels of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers)"


References[edit]

  • Etō, Shun, Sōami•Shōkei (from the series Nihon bijutsu kaiga zenshū), Shūeisha, Tokyo, 1979.