A bull is the ideal Zen animal.
When it moves, it really moves;
When it sits, it really sits.
This is a classic Zenga, composed of a minimum of brushstrokes yet still perfectly capturing the essence of the subject.
Tsuo was a Rinzai monk who spent most of his life as abbot of Toko-ji , a temple located deep in the countryside in what is now Tochigi Prefecture. Tsuo brushed simple Zenga in a lighthearted style. Zen bull paintings were his trademark. He was familiar with the beasts corralled in his neighborhood.
Age: Edo Period 19th Century
Size: painting 13-5/8" x 22" (35 x 56 cm); overall 50" x 27-3/4" (127 x 70 cm)
Media: Ink on paper