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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Rugged landscape by Fukuda Kodojin

Rugged landscape by Fukuda Kodojin

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1930: Item # 1478250

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Ragged brushstrokes, dashes of ink and jagged sweeps define this sumi-e painting by important literati artist Fukuda Kodojin. Ink on paper in a patterned satin border with ivory rollers. It is 18-1/2 x 79-1/2 inches (47 x 202 cm) and in fine condition.
Fukuda Kodojin (1865-1944) an eccentric self taught artist, his status as a poet, calligrapher and literati artist has reached legendary status. Born at a time of great change (4 years before the final fall of the Edo Government), he lived through the westernization of Meiji, Taisho Democracy, the rise of Imperialism and final defeat of the Showa eras. He was self taught, part of a small group of artists existing outside conventional circles in pre-war Japan. He moved to a village outside of Kyoto in 1901, where he supported himself and his family by privately tutoring those who wished to learn Chinese-style poetry. Kodojin was simply a scholar. His poetry, painting, and calligraphy all stem from a life-long cultivation of the mind. He was known to have taken the time just before his death to destroy the large portion of his own remaining work, leaving only that which must have met some personal criteria. For more on his life see the book Old Taoist, or Unexplored Avenues of Japanese Painting. Twenty five paintings by the artist formed a private exhibition (from Gitter-Yelen) at the New Orleans Museum of Art in 2000, and he is part of the Hakutakuan collection among many others. For more see the current exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the catalog The Art and Life of Fukuda Kodojin (2023) by Andreas Marks.