Jun. 7, 2021
Hotai Watching a Cock Fight.
This painting was done by the most important master swordsman in Japanese history Miyamoto Musashi. It was done late in his life after he gave up the sword in became a Buddhist hermit. I became aware of the work while I was living in Japan, and it had an influence on the development of the series I did in this website titled Dinner with Picasso.The Musashi painting brings to mind the work of Pieter Bruegel the Elder and his observations of the world and human nature.