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4. Hashimoto Kaikan (1854-1935) & Hashimoto Kansetsu (1883-1945)
Nihonga
Shôrin - Pine forrest with falling water and a misty mountain
Signed: Kaikan, Kansetsu ho Enzan (added the misty mountain)
Seals: Hashimoto Toku in, Iji yûrin, Kinmô kutsukei (bt), Hashi uji Shidô
Technique: sumi and light colours on silk 147 x 42.1
Date: November 1925
Mounting: bronze damask
200 x 57.1
Box: signed by Kaikan
Condition: very good

階泉漱石三更雨
松下生寒六月風
A source overflowing above
With rocks washed by water and rain at night,
A cold summer breeze rises under the pine trees.


Kaikan was born in Akashi, Hyogo prefecture as the son of Hashimoto Bunsui, married to the painter Shôkei and the father of Hashimoto Kansetsu (1883-1945). Kaikan continued his fathers position as Hanju, a confucianist teacher for the Akashi domain.

He taught Chinese studies and poetry and had 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.

He lived in Kobe and studied calligraphy with Kiro Ichimura. Kaikan was known as good poet, an even better calligrapher and as a self-taught painter.

Reference:
Berry 2001 p. 191
Araki p. 1584

Kansetsu was born in Kobe. His father was a specialist of Chinese studies and a painter in the literati style. His mother was a competent amateur painter and his grandfather had practiced haiku. Kansetsu’s parental home was a meeting point for scholars and artists. Kansetsu first studied painting with his father and subsequently took up the Maruyama-Shijō style with Kataoka Kōkō (dates unknown). In 1903 he became a disciple of Takeuchi Seihō (1864-1942), an immensely influential figure in the Kyoto art world. Seihō had been included in an official delegation that had visited Europe in 1900, a trip that had opened up new artistic horizons for him. Elements of European impressionism can be detected in Kansetsu’s work. Although interested in European art (he travelled to Europe in 1921 and 1927), his main interest was China. He went to China almost every year from 1913 on, all in all more than thirty times. In 1935 he was appointed a member of the Imperial Fine Arts Academy and in 1939 he received the Asahi Culture Prize. His former Kyoto house is now a museum.

Reference:
Kyoto 1957
Kyoto 1977
Conant pp. 293-294
Berry & Morioka ‘99 pp. 224-29
Berry & Morioka ‘08 pp. 261-63
Roberts p. 41

Price: EUR 1,400 / USD 1,659