two lines of fat, bold calligraphy

%C2%A9 Kaneko Tohta

The Carp in the Valley, 1972 (?)

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Kaneko Tohta sought to maintain calligraphy as a living, developing art form in the contemporary world. Kaneko began writing haiku when he was eighteen years old and became a vocal and sometimes controversial theorist on the subject. In 1962, he founded the avant-garde haiku group Kaitei 海程. His work has been published in over fifty volumes.

This poem dates from a period when he was closely studying the haiku of Kobayashi Issa (1763–1828), and the non-conformist poet Taneda Santōka (1882–1940). The thick brush and rhythm of smaller and larger characters give this work playful sensuality that corresponds with its theme.
谷に鯉もみ合う / 夜のかんきかな
The Carp in the valley / Jostle together / Nighttime ecstasy

Details
Title
The Carp in the Valley
Artist Life
1919 - 2018
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.29.853
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two lines of fat, bold calligraphy

© Kaneko Tohta

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