Man Eating Sweet Potatoes
Ike Taiga, Japanese, 1723 - 1776
Using both dark ink and ink thinned with water, Taiga expressively depicts a man happily munching on his meal, and even the effects of eating so many sweet potatoes on his digestive system. Taiga inscribed the verse:
He who wishes to be unpopular
Should sweet potatoes eat.
He who desires to be successful
Must his well-being guard.