|39. Tsuji Kakô (1870-1931)|
Manshô no zu - 10 000 pines - Young pines on New Year morningSigned: Kakô ga
Technique: sumi and red on silk 110 x 41,8
Mounting: green damask and light brown silk
ivory rollers, 192,5 x 54,4
Condition: a water stain, some dirt and the top of the mounting a little soiled, still in very good
Kakô was born in Kyoto. His father was a Yûzen textile artisan, who encouraged his son to pursue a career in painting. In 1880 Kakô became a pupil of Kôno Bairei (1844-1895). From 1899 onwards he studied Zen meditation at the Kennin-ji under the Zen master Sôen Mokurai (1854-1930). Zen became quite an important element in his work. He served as director of the Kyoto Municipal School of Fine Arts and Crafts, was a member of the jury for the Teiten and several Kyoto exhibition groups, and up to 1920 was a frequent exhibitor and prizewinner at the Bunten.
Kakô was one of the most important painters of the modern Kyoto school.
Berry & Morioka ‘99 p.40-53 (# 29-45)
Conant p. 327 (# 117-119)
Aburai p. 253-254
Araki p. 2027