1420 - 1506
Josetsu, or Sesshu, was a Buddhist monk and founder of a school which produced some of Japan's best painters. Josetsu became one of the greatest masters of ink painting and in 1466 he began to call himself Sesshu which means 'Snow Boat'. Sesshu went to China to study at Chinese Zen monasteries.
Back in Japan he painted the famous 'Mori Scroll', which is 50 feet long and offers fascinating views of rocks, hills and trees. His style contained bold but graceful brushstrokes that seem to have been applied without effort, yet fall perfectly into place.
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