Ippo offers us a complete world of appearance and feeling based on both observation and contemplation of nature, created with an apparent minimum of artistic effort that belies the skill of every brush stroke.
Standing in front of the scroll, we immediately feel as if stepping into the painting, being reduced in size to the little crabs, and joining them to look up the anchor.
I title this scroll "perspective of crabs."
About this Artist:
Ippo was the adopted son and pupil of Mori Tetsuzan (1798-1871), who brought the principles of the Kyoto-based Shijo style to the Mori family of Osaka. He studied under Tetsuzan who possessed a genuinely innovative brushwork and became a technical master himself.