The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

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


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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1920: Item # 307972

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The Kura
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23 Murasakino Monzen-cho
Kita-ward Kyoto 603-8216
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Offered here an ink landscape on paper by the eccentric and highly sought Japanese artist Fukuda Kodojin (1865-1944) dated 1919. Birds fly over the stubble of harvested rice fields, while odd thatch-roofed huts sprouting from wind beat grass focus our attention on the dark forested left of the scene. The vigorous brushwork and complexity of the scene belie the typical scenes of cold winter death, and seems to intimate a hidden energy busy at the task of Preparing for spring. It is set in an unusual border of olive brocade patterned with manjirushi (symbols of eternity) and flower dials. The scroll measures 14-1/4 x 61 inches (36 x 155 cm), and comes enclosed in a period wooden box. Kodojins 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 the Meiji, Taisho Democracy, and rise to Imperialism and defeat of the Showa era. He was self taught, part of a small group of artists existing outside conventional circles in pre-war Japan. Taking the time just before his death to destroy the large portion of his remaining own 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. His work also was recently presented for exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art, and is part of the Hakutakuan collection among many others.