beyond failure or success | Fukuda Kodojin



His landscapes are always unusual, mostly eccentric, and sometimes psychedelic. Nevertheless, he originally was «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 which sets the tone for this landscape was first published in 1912 as one of a set of four poems in Kodojin’s verse collection, Seisho’s Mountain Studio Collection:
“beyond failure or success”

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

Fukuda Kodojin (1865-1944)

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