A pair of scrolls painted by Mori Kansai with poems by Otagaki Rengetsu:
What I saw
as a block of snow
floating in Uji River—
The world's dust and silt
to the flowing waters
of the Kamo River.
Both scrolls are signed Mori Koshuku, mid-winter 1866 (hinoe tora chuto), and sealed.
Mori Kansai was the son of a nurse of the Ishida samurai family. He began his artistic training at the age of around 25. He later moved to Osaka to become a student of (and 1838 adopted son-in-law) of Mori Tetsuzan (1775-1841).Tetsuzan sent him to Kyoto to study the Maruyama-school tradition. In 1855 Mori Kansai participated in the decoration of the constructed Imperial Palace. He obviously had a successful career as a professional artist at the end of the Edo Period. During the political upheaval of the early 1860s he became an activist of the loyalist movement.
Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875) and
Mori Kansai (1814-1894), dated 1866
Ink and color on fabric
82.3 x 18.4 cm (32 1/2 x 7 1/4 in.)
Mounting 164.5 x 31 cm (64 3/4 x 12 1/4 in.)
Box with inscription