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Winter Rider

Ki Baitei

Artwork Details

Winter Rider
mid 18th century - early 19th century
Ki Baitei
hanging scroll, ink and color on paper
4 ft. 4 3/16 in. x 22 1/2 in. (132.56 x 57.15 cm); ;2 13/16 x 27 3/8 x 2 13/16 in. (7.14 x 69.53 x 7.14 cm)
Museum Purchase

On Display

Not currently on display


Subject Matter:

Winter Rider employs a scheme that occurs again and again in Baitei's oeuvre: a horseman crossing a bridge in the mountains behind several foreground trees. Baitei appears to associate this theme with the late autumn or winter as seen in various surviving versions.

Physical Description:

The "painting richly evokes a darkly overcast day with a rider wearing a straw raincoat accompanied by a man on foot carrying luggage. The horse seems delighted as its hooves sink  into the thick snow on the path. Large daubs of white pigment are used to represent the falling snow called botan yuki"

Adams, Celeste, and Paul Berry. Heart, Mountains, and Human Ways: Japanese Landscape and Figure Painting: a Loan Exhibition from the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Museum of Fine Arts, 1983.

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