Sunday, September 20, 2009

Today's offering is a very sensitive ink painting, comprising only shades of black and the clever use of untouched space to convey the sense of height and distance. It may well depict the buddhist monk Saigyō Hōshi, a famous poet of the late Heian period whose work often explored the feeling of loneliness (sabi). There is certainly some sense of that in this picture. The seal is an unusual one and reads Meikyousai. This piece probably painted between 1910 and 1920.