A Bear Catching a Crab portrays a bear at the moment of having caught a crab. With sparse yet masterful brushstrokes, Tetsuzan captures the simultaneous moment of the bear's fulfillment and its reaction to being caught in the act. While we can see the shocked reaction of the bear after it has been discovered, we can only imagine the surprise of the unlucky spectator who happened upon him. In this split second moment, one can almost feel the stunned communication between bear and man.
Caught the moment of this artwork, the viewer becomes the spectator to which this bear reacts.
About the Artist:
Mori Tetsuzan was born in Kyoto and was adopted by his uncle, Mori Sosen, the founder of Mori school. He also studied with Maruyama Okyo and became Okyo Jyuttetsu ((応挙十哲) one of Maruyama Okyo's ten best pupils. He later moved to Edo, bringing the Maruyama style to the Kanto region. Tetsuzan was a highly sophisticated experimentalist with the brush stroke and capable of contriving unexpected twists on conventional themes.