Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Murase Taiitsu, inscriber
    born: Kôzuchi, Gifu prefecture, Japan ; died: Kyoto, Japan ; active: Japan
  • untitled, 1859, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • ink on paper
  • Mount Dimensions: 19.2 x 19.7 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 19.2 x 94.4 cm
  • Gift of Roger Keyes in memory of Keiko Mizushima Keyes
  • Not on display
  • 1989.0246.a

Segment of handscroll. Calligraphy in semi-cursive script.

Introductory inscription (by Taiitsu)

"Kado executed this painting to be a student of painting and to learn how to paint horse and ox, herding boy, fisherman, boatman, people engaging in go game, people who are drinking tea, standing figure, seated ones, the drunken, people who are in conversation, and so forth. Each of them is depicted in a lively manner. All of them have intentions and ideas behind their activities. Methods (of doing these) are the uniformed brushworks. Other painters are not able to do this. Why so? I think painting does not depend on the brush and ink, but on studying the ideas and intentions. If we can express the intention well enough, the brushwork itself will follow naturally."