The eccentricity of the paintings by Fukuda
Kodojin resembles that seen in the works of
many other self-taught literati painters in
Japan. Even though Chinese literati ideals
celebrated the concept of amateurism, Chinese
literati painters usually attained near
professional levels of brush technique. In
Japan, however, many artists, Kodojin among
them, respected this amateur ideal by training
themselves, taking pride in their naive but
vigorous brushwork. (Paul Berry, Modern Masters
of Kyoto, p. 216).
"Joyful, the mountains plain and silent.
The valley streams are cool.
People come and go, and the road is hard.
I sing a Chinese poem in my mind."
Fukuda Kodojin (1865-1944)
dated to April 1919.
Ink on silk
24.8 x 29.2 cm (9 3/4 x 11 1/2 in.)
Mounting 101 x 44 cm (39 3/4 x 17 1/4 in.)