The Immortal Qin Qao

By Ogata Korin



Artist By Ogata Korin
Period Edo period, 18th century
Materials and techniques Hanging scroll, ink and light colour on paper
Size 122.2×58.4


Qin Gao was a Chinese hermit who one day promising to catch a dragon plunged into a river, and appeared from the water riding a carp on the promised day. His face and clothing are depicted in simple and subdued brush strokes, while the movement of the rough waves are shown with quick jerking strokes, together making marvelous effect. The turbulent waves are painted in similar fashion to the painting of “The Rough Waves”: a twofold screen which is part of the collection of New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. This work is included in “One Hundred Paintings of Kōrin ” compiled by Sakai Hōitsu.