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original language: 書
hanging scroll; ink on paper
- Dimensions (H x W x D)
painting: 36 3/4 x 16 7/8 in.; mounting: 62 x 17 3/4 in.
- Inscriptions & Markings
text transcription: Rinne gyôgô kijû kyôchiku 輪廻業劫鬼獣狂畜 [Rinne gyôgô kijû kyôchiku (As the karmic wheel turns for aeons, A demon, beast, maniac or farm animal!)] (As the karmic wheel turns for aeons, A demon, beast, maniac or farm animal!), ink, recto
seal: undeciphered, lower left
signature: Koku 剋 (Koku), brush, lower left Language: Japanese
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- Credit Line
Gift of Mary and Cheney Cowles
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© unknown, research required
Suda Kokuta is a well-known modern painter who worked in oils. He idolized Van Gogh, and after failing four times to be admitted to Tokyo University of the Arts, he taught himself to paint. Over the course of his career he worked in both representational and abstract styles, always with feverish brushwork. In late life he turned increasingly to Zen for inspiration, as illustrated in this work of calligraphy. The text, as translated by Jonathan Chaves, reads,
!T!!T!As the karmic wheel turns for aeons, !T!!T!A demon, beast, maniac or farm animal!