tan, textured paper ground with abstract, sparse painting in black comprised of two thick, round globs and wavy, broad strokes

%C2%A9 Morita Shiry%C5%AB

Return, 1961

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Morita Shiryū revolutionized the conventional perception of Japanese calligraphy into a global avant-garde aesthetic. His artistic breakthrough was in the mid-1950s but it was not until the 1960s when his creativity began to be recognized more widely, and eventually internationally. In Morita’s oeuvre is a total of 16 known versions of the character kan 還, which according to the artist means to “return to the original source.” It is a recurring theme in his choices of Chinese characters to express one’s inner self; a state of mu (nothingness) which is, according to Zen Buddhism belief, inherent to human nature. In this case he is referring to returning to this “original source” of nothingness.

Details
Title
Return
Artist Life
1912 - 1998
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.201
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 465; Morita Shiryū Catalogue Raisonné 1952-1998, p. 55 #XVII-308
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tan, textured paper ground with abstract, sparse painting in black comprised of two thick, round globs and wavy, broad strokes

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