Title:Kumo Waku Sankyou
Kumo Waku Sankyou
Every since infancy Higashiyama Kaii had a naturally friendly disposition. From the time he was enrolled at the Tokyo Fine Arts School he aimed to become a landscape painter, and at the end of the Pacific War with a painting that would change his life immensely he fulfilled a date with destiny. During his days training as a soldier he saw the tower of the castle at Kumamoto, and from there a feeling that caused his spirit to sway swelled up in his heart. Having seen death before him, the heart and eye he brought to his painting was changed from its former purity and he discovered a beauty in the essential nature of the landscapes to which he had previously grown accustomed.
The morning of far away mountains shrouded in silence while fog rises up in coils along the face of the mountains. Trees and mountains are faint and hazy in the distance, and amid the mists in the streak of a sparkling waterfall in the mountain gorge. This is the green that the painter cherished, a green of depth and calm. The meaning of nature floats in the color, and it creates a deep and mysterious world.
Higashiyama once said, "Trees are living, and they are always speaking to us". He said that he heard that voice, not in his ears, but in his heart. It seems Higashiyama, when coming across the scene in this painting, expressed on canvas the silence of the trees, the way that silence stood out against the music of waterfall, and the voice of the trees which he felt in his heart. It was with this connection he shared with nature, and amid its grandeur, that Higashiyama was given life and aware of the smallness of his existence. Filling it like a prayer, the world in the painting overflows with a feeling in awe of life that transcended the time of humans and the happiness in cherishing that awe.