Fukuda Kodojin | Red Bamboo
A gift to his old friend Taiji Gorosaku on the occasion of his visit, June 13th, 1944. Six weeks later Kodojin passed away.
"Trying to write an old quote, but the brush didn’t move./ In my mind, the moon rose in the bamboo./ Then it moved me to draw these three." - Kodojin
This maybe the last poem from the hand of this great painter, poet and literatus who knew that his end was near.
"Vermillion Bamboo" (shuchiku) is a popular motive in Chinese painting, but less common in Japanese Nanga painting.
Fukuda Kodojin (1865-1944)
Ink and color on paper
135.8 x 30.2 cm (53 1/2 x 12 in.)
Mounting 199 x 32.5 cm (78 1/4 x 12 3/4 in.)
Original box (tomobako)