Nantembo clearly delighted in the expressive potential of abbreviated imagery that becomes self-portraiture. He rendered his favorite subject, his Zen training stick of nandina, by striking the paper with a heavily loaded brush and then dragging it downward to indicate the length of the stick vivid evidence of the physicality of his approach. (Audrey Yoshiko Seo: The Art of Twentieth-Century Zen. Paintings and calligraphy by Japanese masters, Shambhala: Boston and London 2000, p. 32.)

 

"This stick beats a man
rather than bad spirits."

 

Nantembo Nakahara (1839-1925), 1923

Ink on paper

134.5 x 33.7 cm (53 x 13 1/4 in.)

Mounting 201 x 37 cm (79 x 14 1/2 in.)
Wooden box

Nakahara Nantembo | Staff

SKU: 2490
$2,420.00Price
Bachmann Eckenstein