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Suda Kokuta | Calligraphy




A calligraphy like a mysterious garden. It stands for luxury, exuberance, abundance, obscurity, profoundness, gloom, and melancholy. - Or simply UTSU in Japanese


“His calligraphy is strong, unconventional, and enthralling in its directness. Much of Suda's calligraphy reflects his study of Zen, and the writings of the master Dogen (1200-1253) in the Zen classic Shobogenzo (Treasury of the True Dharma Eye). To Dogen, the practice of meditating was not merely a means to an end of Enlightenment but was the practice of Enlightenment itself. The idea can be expressed approximately as follows: while one meditates, concentrating on concepts, letting go of subjectivity and allowing for pure apprehension of the object of concentration is a form of Enlightenment, which must be repeated constantly through the practitioner’s lifetime. Suda claimed to want to express himself like a child. As such, he approached the ink and paper with pure emotion and intensity, apparently without the diluting overlay of subjectivity that comes with life experience.” - Source: Curator Notes for Japanese Painting: Calligraphy and Image, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, September 13, 2007 - February 9, 2008.


Suda Kokuta (1906-1990)

Ink on paper

93 x 86 cm (36½ x 33¾ in.)

Mounting: 128 x 88.5 cm (50¼ x 34¾ in.) 

With a certificate issued by the "Suda Kokuta Appraisal Committee".

SKU: 2601