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55. Hashimoto Kaikan (1854-1935)
Nihonga
Early summer
Signed: Kaikan
Seals: Hashibô Toku in, Iji yûrin, hyakkufu .. (tp)
Technique: brown and green on silk 144 x 36.6
Mounting: beige raw silk
213 x 49.7
Condition: very good

水面青叢入夏初 / 漢宮曾見造安車 / 何時截得編成簡 / 写取南華一部書
Minamo no seiso natsuha ni iru. Kankyu katsute miru Ansha wo tsukuru wo. Itsuka kiri-ete amite
Kan wo nashi utsushitoran nanka ichibu no sho.

When the surface of the water is covered with lush cat’s-tails, you know it’s early summer.
There was a time, in the palaces of the Han Dynasty, that cartwheels were wrapped in cat’s-tail leaves to make the drive more comfortable for the elderly.
Could one ever cut up these [culms] to make writing slats out of this
and copy a part of Zhuangzi’s great classic?


Zhuangzi (‘Master Zhuang’, c. 369-286 BC) wrote a book that is revered as one of the great classics of Daoism

Kaikan was born in Akashi, Hyogo prefecture, into a family of Confucian teachers as the son of Hashimoto Bunsui. He was married to the painter Shôkei and was the father of Hashimoto Kansetsu (1883-1945).
After the Meiji Restoration and his education at the Han School Keigikan he served as a teacher at Hyogo Prefecture Normal School and continued his fathers position as Hanju, a confucianist teacher for the Akashi domain.

After he lived in Kobe and studies calligraphy with Kiro Ichimura he gained a great reputation as a scholar. From all over the world people came to his house to hear his opinions on art as well as on scholarly matters.
Kaikan was known as good poet, an even better calligrapher and as a self-taught painter.

Reference:
Berry 2001 p. 191
Araki p. 1584

Price: EUR 1,250 / USD 1,250