Andon 61

January 1999

Andon 61

EDITORIAL: In my mind the city of Antwerp is always associated with Rubens, the bird market on Sunday morning, and the Zoo with its exotic Egyptian temple, its white rhinos and okapis. No wonder that the Japanese painter Takeuchi Seihō, known for his magnificent lion paintings, visited Antwerp Zoo on his trip to Europe in 1900. This fact comes from Eric van den Ing who, researching Seihō's lion paintings, came across many interesting details of Seihō's travels in Europe. He even checked the visitors' books of several European Zoos and collected photographs of lions that might have posed for Seihō. For the next article we have to make a big leap from Lionga to Zenga. Stephen Addiss has studied Zenga for many years. In his contribution to this issue of Andon he reflects on the changes in understanding and acceptance of Zenga in the past thirty-five years. Then from Zen back again to felines. In Andon 60 I invited you to come forward with examples of puns based on Kuniyoshi's cat prints. By return post Mr Robinson sent us his notes on Kuniyoshi's famous 'Tokaido cats' triptych and from Mr Wilmes we received the notes made by the late Mr Netto on the same triptych. I hope you will enjoy the puns as much as the Japanese may have done in the late 1840's. In September last year Mr Rob de Bruijn passed away. In a personal recollection Matthi Forrer commemorates this great man of our Society.

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