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40. Tsuji Kakô (1870-1931)
Rotei shukkin - Birds and reeds
Signed: Kakô
Seals: Kakô
Technique: sumi on paper 122,8 x 29,5
Mounting: blue damask and beige silk
bone rollers, 205 x 41,5
Box: signed double
Condition: fine

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.

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