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Subject:Nansen's cat inscription
Posted By: KaHo Thu, Aug 03, 2023 IP:

I have a painting illustrating case #14 of the Gateless Gate, "Nansen kills the cat" and would like to know what is stated in the colophon and the name of the painter. Thank you!

Subject:Re: Nansen's cat inscription
Posted By: KaHo Thu, Aug 03, 2023

Seems that the pictures did't upload. I'll try again.

Subject:Re: Nansen's cat inscription
Posted By: I.Nagy Sat, Aug 19, 2023

My reading and rough translation:
Briefly drawn painting in my old age
By Shōtō, while playing at the fresh breeze of the Zen Temple
俳畫寺印 Haiga* Seal of the Temple
Inscription on back,
松涛 ・ 圖  Shōtō ・ Picture

* Haiga: Haiku picture or briefly drawn picture

Kurata Shōtō 倉田松濤 1865-1918
Kurata Shōtō was a painter from Akita. His ancestors were from Otamachi, Daisen City. His real name was Ontaro. From an early age, he studied under Hirafuku Suian in Kakunodate (now Kakunodate, Semboku City). It seems that he wandered around various places since he was young. He was also selected for Teiten (now Nitten) several times. He left many Buddhist paintings and haiku paintings with a solid presence. He was a member of the Tatsumi Painting Society and the Japan Art Association.

With regards,

Subject:Re: Nansen's cat inscription
Posted By: KaHo Sat, Aug 19, 2023

Dear Mr. Nagy, Thank you very much for the translation and explication. It really adds to my enjoyment of the painting | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries |