Shûhan Genpô (1848-1922)

Ensô Circle

Inv. Nr.  #17.003
Date Early 20th c.
Material Ink on paper
Dimensions H 124 (37) x D 40 (37) cm

Comes with blank woodenbox.

A very delicate, thin Ensô painting from the brush of the 468th Daitoku-ji temple's head monk Shûhan Genpô 宗般玄芳 (1848-1922) who is often misleadingly named Sohan Genpo in english transscription. Shûhan Genpô has been 468th head monk of Japan's most famous Zen temple Daitoku-ji in Kyoto. He might be better known by his Zen master name Shôun 松雲, which means 'Pine Cloud' with which he often sigend his works like this one. As a leading disciple of famous Nakahara Nantenbô (1839-1925), Shûhan Genpô was a skilled calligrapher and painter who created many Zenga.

This Enso may have influenced the work by Jiro Yoshihara (1905-1972), one of the leading figures of the Japanese post-war movement Gutai, who painted also thin Ensô in oil on canvas.