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Tsuji Kakô (1870-1931)
Men in a boat (red cliffs?)
Signed: Kakô
Seals: Kakô
Technique: sumi on paper 117,3 x 30,5
Date: c. 1903
Mounting: White crushed paper
black wooden rollers, 184 x 33,3
Condition: very good

A painting by Kakô in the style of Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-1799).

Kakô was one the most important painters of the modern Kyoto school.
Kôno Bairei (1844-95) taught both him and Takeuchi Seihô (1864-1942), who eclipsed Kakô during his lifetime. In my opinion though, Kakô was the better artist, more innovative and daring. The tide is turning now and his art is getting the recognition it deserves.

Kakô was born in Kyoto. His father was a Yûzen textile artisan, who encouraged his son to pursue a career in painting. In 1880 he became a pupil of Kôno Bairei (1844-95). From 1899 on he studied Zen meditation under the Zen master Sôen Mokurai (1854-1930) at the Kennin-ji, which became quite an important element in his work. He served as director of the Kyoto Municipal School of Fine Arts and Crafts, juror for the Teiten and several Kyoto exhibition groups and up to 1920 he was a frequent exhibitor and prizewinner at the Bunten.

Kyoto 2006
Berry & Morioka ‘99 p.40-53 (# 29-45)
Conant p. 327 (# 117-119)
Aburai p. 253-254
Roberts p.189
Araki p. 2027