two egrets standing close together near center of image; snow covered branch hangs down from UR; snow-covered branches and foliage in foreground LR

Egrets in Snow, mid 19th century

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In Japanese art, herons/egrets are often depicted in pairs, amid willow trees and reeds. In this lyrical scene, the birds’ bright plumage, crisply delineated in opaque white pigment, stands out against the gloomy ink wash of the background. Withering foliage appears to bow beneath the weight of settling snow, cleverly suggested by unpainted space.

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Title
Egrets in Snow
Artist Life
1801 - 1854
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.29.322
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two egrets standing close together near center of image; snow covered branch hangs down from UR; snow-covered branches and foliage in foreground LR