By Appointment is best. You might get lucky just popping by, but a great deal of the month I am out visiting artists or scouring up new items, so days in the gallery are limited.
In accordance with the request of local authorities our gallery in Kyoto will be closed from April 1st until further notice.
Fujiwara Kei Calligraphy Scroll, Ten Mu Shi
Please refer to our stock # 1773 when inquiring.
A beautifully brushed calligraphy work by Living National Treasure Fujiwara Kei enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The three simple characters are direct, without pretense. Ten Mu Shi: Nature is selfless and equal to all living things (juxtaposed to humans who are selfish and egocentric). Perhaps an important message this year, with viruses and abnormal weather running rampant. The artist has confronted each character directly with the brush, clear and selfless, from a state of Mushin. (without thought). Ink on paper in a silk border with ceramic rollers. The scroll is 46 x 163 cm (18 x 64 inches) ad in excellent condition.
Born in Bizen City, Okayama in 1899, Kei did not enter the ceramic world until he was already 40 years old. In his youth he studied art and literature in Tokyo. Intent upon becoming a novelist, he spent nearly 20 years there before returning to his hometown, where, upon advice from art critic and novelist Atsuo Masamune, he began his hand at Bizen. He fell under the tutelage of friend Kaneshige Toyo, one of the most important figures in 20th century Bizen. Together they worked to revive ancient Bizen-yaki and contributed to its expansion and Both were eventually named Living National Treasures, Kei in 1970.
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