Originally noted more for his poetry than his painting, Kodojin set the tone for his landscapes through his inscriptions. Self-taught in painting, the eccentric poet-painter created landscapes in a variety of unusual styles. (Paul Berry, Literati Modern, p. 152). - The poem inscribed on this painting was first published in 1912 as one of a set of four poems in Kodojin’s verse collection, Seisho's Mountain Studio Collection (Seisho Sanbo shu):
Only white clouds moving,
My spirit returns to a point of ease.
Transcendent - beyond failure or success,
Sitting alone viewing the empty mountains.
Signed and sealed Mushin, Fukuda Seiko, and Seisho.
Fukuda Kodojin (1865-1944)
Ink on paper
129.2 x 31.4 cm (50 3/4 x 12 1/4 in.)
Mounting 197 x 44 cm (77 1/2 x 17 1/4 in.)
Original box (tomobako)