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Tsuji Kakô (1870-1931)
Yuki daruma
Signed: Kakô
Seals: Shishun
Technique: sumi and light blue on paper 38,5 x 51,8
Date: c. 1926
Mounting: gold decorated ocre silk and pink silk
ivory rollers, 140, 65,2
Box: signed double box
Condition: very good

The “haiku” reads: Hyakushaku no sao furite, matsu no yuki harau.
Wielding with a bamboo stick
Of a 100 foot long to sweep
Snow from the pines.
compare: Kyoto 2006 p. 162

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) and from 1899 onwards he also studied Zen under the Zen master Sôen Mokurai (1854-1930). Zen became quite an important element in his work. Kakô served as director of the Kyoto Municipal School of Fine Arts and Crafts, and as adjudicator for the Teiten and several Kyoto exhibition groups. Until 1920 he was a frequent exhibitor and prize winner at the Bunten. Kakô was one 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