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38.1 Shimizu Kôshô (1911-1999)
Rinzai Zenga
As the cover of clouds brews rain, the eyes feast on the picturesque scene
Signed: Tôdai Yûshû Kôshô
Seals: Yûshû, Tôdai Kôshô
Technique: sumi on paper 137.7 x 34.3
Mounting: light green silk
ivory rollers, 198.5 x 44.8
Box: signed
Condition: fine

Kôshô was born in Himeji. In 1927 he entered the Tôdai-ji in Nara. Upon graduating in Buddhist studies from Ryûkoku University in 1933, he took up residence at the Tenryû-ji for four years to study and practice Zen under the guidance of the Abbot Seki Seisetsu (1877-1945). In 1947 he became director of Tôdai -ji High School. In 1959 he was appointed director of the Monks' Academy (Kangakuin) at Tôdai-ji, and in 1963 became director of Tôdai-ji Girls' School and Tôdai -ji Kindergarten.
1969 marked a turning point in Kôshô's career, when he was appointed Head of Religious Affairs of the Kegon Tradition. In 1975 Kôshô was chosen to be the 207th abbot of Tôdai-ji, but he already resigned in 1981. For the remaining 18 years of his life, Shimizu Kôshô was a prolific “eccentric” painter, calligrapher and figurative potter.