A Short Study of Confucius Teaching Moderation with
Suspended Pots by Sesson
Besson Shukei was a Zen priest-painter, who was active in Sengoku period,
sixteenth century. He was good at monochrome paintings and also the paper
or silk on which color is added, Taoist, Buddihist figures, landscape, fiowers,
birds, insects, vegetables and so on.
He does not make a formal copy of the preceding original. He painted his
own ideas by using his own technique. Today We admire greatly paintings by
Confucius Teaching Moderation with Suspended Pots by Sesson is a unique
in his all paintings in existence. Its motif is taken from the Confucianism, the
anecdote of Confucius. In this short study, We consider ancient chinese
histories, pre-modern japanese histories, literatures and Collection on
Painting (KOUSOSHUU) by Kanou Ikkei. (KOUSOSHUU is a valuable source
for identifying painting subjects of chinese and japanese art history.)
We also examinate paintings by Shuyo, Kanou school and the anonymous
print by chinese painter in the collection of Ashikaga Gakkou.