white falcon at UR in twisting dive after large white goose at center; goose is lunging downward with legs splayed and mouth wide open; large clumps of fluffy snow fill scene; snow-covered foliage at bottom

Gyrfalcon Hunting a Goose in Snow, 1928

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Fukuda Suikō was born in Kyoto, where he specialized in birds painted in a realistic, traditional style. This screen adheres to the so-called “Three Whites” (sanpaku), a popular painting maxim depicting three white elements. In this case, a gyrfalcon pursues a goose against a wintry background. The steep angle of the falcon’s chase creates a diagonal movement across the screen. The heavy snowflakes scattered in the foreground are accented with an application of white calcium carbonate pigment, known as gofun.

Fukuda Suikō worked as a print designer and painter, and regularly contributed works to the Exhibition of the Ministry of Education (Bunten later Teiten).

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Title
Gyrfalcon Hunting a Goose in Snow
Artist Life
1895 - 1973
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.29.1123
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white falcon at UR in twisting dive after large white goose at center; goose is lunging downward with legs splayed and mouth wide open; large clumps of fluffy snow fill scene; snow-covered foliage at bottom