No Footprints Show Where Flowers Are Deep
Munakata Shikō, Japanese, 1903 - 1975
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The six characters on this hanging scroll translate as “no footprints show where flowers are deep.” The thick, almost abstract lines of the calligraphy seem to burst beyond the surface of the paper, and were executed with slashing strokes of the brush in a furious burst of speed and with the intense concentration and power that distinguished Munakata's work.