Monday, June 18, 2007

Japanese Masters of the Brush

Detail from "Enjoying the Moon in a Riverside Cottage" Japanese, Edo Period (1615-1868), 1765, by Ike Taiga, Japanese, 1723 - 1776

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Yesterday we took a walk in the 90 ° heat to see Ike Taiga and Tokuyama Gyokuran: Japanese Masters of the Brush which is currently showing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  It's humbling to see such a beautiful body of work created over decades.  It makes me want to shrug off the world and dedicate myself to something creative.  Actually, it makes me feel bad that I don't have the single-mindedness to shrug off the world and dedicate myself to something creative.  If only I knew I'd still be able to eat ... and sleep under a roof ... and stuff like that. See, I don't have what it takes.  Maybe someday.

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