shibata zeshin letter ikeda taishin

Shibata Zeshin | Letter

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"I write this letter to you as I am enjoying lovely spring like days and tender skies. I hope that nothing stirring happened to you so far. My apprentice Kyuzaburo* is now studying in Kyoto for a while. And I would like to ask you to let him see the splendid scrolls you have in your house. I am counting on your generous heart. And I am terribly sorry for my messy writing. Please throw this letter in a bank of reed. I will thank you in person sometime soon. - February 11th, Shibata Zeshin to Gosetsu." 

*Kyuzaburo is Ikeda Taishin (1825–1903). He was Shibata Zeshin’s most prominent and most accomplished student. 1856 he studied in Kyoto for a year.


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Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891)


Ink on paper 

14.5 x 41.5 cm (5¾ x 15¼ in.) 

Mounting 104.5 x 44.5 (41 x 17½ in)


Bachmann Eckenstein