Tensho Shubun was an important figure in Japanese art in the 15th century because several of his pupils would rise to major prominence. Of course, Tensho Shubun also left behind a rich legacy based on his own art therefore today he is highly regarded in Japan. This especially applies to the cultural angle because he played a powerful role in bridging the different generations and highlighting the richness of Chinese and Japanese culture in this period of history.
It is known that Tensho Shubun was born in the province of Omi in the late 13thcentury and died in the middle of the following century. Not surprisingly, the richness of Japanese Zen Buddhism and the splendor of Kyoto and Nara in Japan played a powerful role within his art. Likewise, the power of China on Japan in this period certainly emboldened Tensho Shubun. Therefore, it is widely credited to Tensho Shubun that he is the founding father of bringing suiboku ink painting to the fore in Japan based on the rich style of China where this form emanates. Continue reading