Dec 14, 2010

Nakajima Getsuryu's Haiku on Spring

Nakajima Getsuryu's Haiku on Spring


Takaki Seikaku 高木聖鶴

(Japanese, 1923-2017)

Ink on decorative paper

Image: 36 x 50 cm (14 3/16 x 19 11/16 in.); Overall: 146 x 54.5 cm (57 1/2 x 21 7/16 in.)

Gift of the Artist 2011.20



Takaki Seikaku, a calligrapher using kana script, was given the Prime Minister Prize at the Japan Fine Arts Exhibition (the Nitten) in 1991 and the Bunkakorosha (Person of Cultural Merit) Award in 2006. He paired Japanese haiku and waka (another classical Japanese verse) on delicate decorative papers. Here, he transcribed Nakajima Getsuryu’s 20th-century haiku; from top to bottom and from right to left, it reads, "In the spring mountain, the melting water is hitting on rocks."

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Japanese Art
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Gift of the Artist

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