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42. Hashimoto Kansetsu (1883-1945)
Japanese
Sacred cryptomerias at Ise
Signed: Kansetsu
Seals: Kansetsu
Technique: sumi and pink on paper 127,4 x 29,8
Mounting: beige grey damask
dark wooden rollers, 198 x 40,2
Box: Authorised by by his grandson Hashimoto Kiitsu
Condition: very good

The poem reads: 矗々長杉帶曉煙 / 春雲影穩五鈴川 / 西浜一自皇天照 / 風不鳴枝六百年

Early morning mist surrounds the towering sugi trees.
The Isuzugawa quietly reflects the spring clouds,
From Amaterasu's shrine in Nishihama
For centuries a silent breeze blows through the branches.
(HK)

The Isuzu River (Isuzugawa) flows past the Ise shrine, which is rebuilt every twenty years with sugi (Cryptomeria) trees from the shrine’s own grounds.

Kansetsu was the son Hashimoto Kaikan (1854-1935) and his parental home was a meeting point for scholars and artists from all over the world. He studied with Takeuchi Seihô (1864-1942) for twenty years, but he was also greatly influenced by Chinese painters. In 1921 he went to Europe and he travelled to China at least thirty times. Kansetsu was a regular exhibitor at the Bunten and the Teiten, and an immensely influential figure in the Kyoto art world. His former Kyoto house is now the Kansetsu Memorial Museum.

Reference:
Kyoto 1957
Kyoto 1977
Conant pp. 293-294
Berry & Morioka ‘99 pp. 224-29
Berry & Morioka ‘08 pp. 261-63
Roberts p. 41

Hashimoto Kiitsu,Kansetsu’s grandson was the founder and director of the Kansetsu Memorial Museum.

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