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Matsumura Keibun (1779-1843) & Kagawa Kagemoto (Kôchû) (1745-1821)
Landscape with flying crane and poem
Signed: Keibun shihitsu and Kôchû
Seals: Keibun
Technique: sumi and a touch of red on paper 35 x 48.6
Mounting: mica crushed paper and olive green crushed paper
black lacquered rollers, 110 x 58.8
Condition: some waterstains in the upper part of the mounting, a few tiny restored worm holes, otherwise very good

春にそふ みどりへ千世も あかずとや 霞む国へに わたる白つる.       
Haru ni sou / midori e chiyo mo / akazu to ya / kasumu kuni e ni / wataru hakutsuru.

In spring vegetation grows green
but not in a thousand years
it is enough for him -
while mist covers the land
a white crane flies.

Keibun was the younger brother of the painter and poet Matsumura Go Shun (1752-1811). Go Shun was, in fact, 27 years older than Keibun and took care of his education. After Go Shun’s death in 1811, Keibun inherited the studio on Shijô Street. Together with Okamoto Toyohiko (1773-1845), he carried on the Shijô School, Keibun specializing in kachôga and Toyohiko in landscape painting. Keibun was one of Kyoto’s leading artists and the teacher of many talented pupils.

Roberts p. 74
Araki p. 2948
Hillier pp. 126-136
Kyoto '98 p. 292

Kagawa Kagemoto (Kôchû) was a waka poet from the Kagawa family a family of poets active in Kyoto.