In 1975 Shimizu Kosho was chosen Abbot of Todai-ji Temple in Nara. He remained in this position for only a rather short time, resigning in 1981. For the remaining nearly twenty years of his life, Shimizu Kosho was dedicated to the life of an artist: He became a prolific and eccentric painter, calligrapher and figurative potter. Unlike most artist monks, he did not limit himself to painting in black ink, but enjoyed a full range of colors. His writing and painting styles are what may be described as obsessively impulsive. – Original box (tomobako).
Shimizu Kosho (1911-1999)
Ink and color on paper
91.8 x 29.8 cm (36 x 11 3/4 in.)
Mounting 182.5 x 42.5 cm (71 3/4 x 16 3/4)
Original box (tomobako) with inscription
Some foxing to paper