beyond failure or success | Fukuda Kodojin

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If you go through moments of melancholy you might look for comfort. And maybe you find comfort in Art. Certainly Fukuda Kodojin not only went through moments of melancholy but anxiety, anguish and agony. – And he found comfort in poetry and in painting.

Originally noted more for his poetry than his painting, Kodojin set the tone for his landscapes through his inscriptions. Self-taught in painting, the eccentric poet-painter created landscapes in a variety of unusual styles. (Paul Berry, Literati Modern, p. 152).

The poem inscribed on this painting was first published in 1912 as one of a set of four poems in Kodojin’s verse collection, Seisho’s Mountain Studio Collection.

“Only white clouds moving.
My spirit returns to a point of ease.
Transcendent beyond failure and success.
Sitting alone – viewing the empty mountains.”

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