"It is pure, the autumn mountain water,
The boat goes west.
Before one gets this idea,
who can fish without wanting to get fish?"
Dated to fourth lunar month of 1919. Up to 1919 "Kodojin's scrolls were created for his own pleasure and the enjoyment of his friends, but in 1919 Ezaki On'ichi, from an old Kyoto family in the Fushimi area, decide to arrange an exhibition to be held at a gallery called Heian Gaho, near the steps to Gion Park in Higashiyama. This was the first time that Kodojin's paintings had been on public view, and they were highly appreciated by those with a taste for literati art." (Stephen Addis: Old Taoist. The Life, Art, and Poetry of Kodojin, p. 21.)
Ink and color on fabric
27.6 x 43.5 cm (10 3/4 x 17 in.)
Mounting 108 x 56.5 cm (42 1/2 x 22 1/4 in.)