two black birds sitting next to each other on lower part of branch; larger grey and light pink speckled bird sitting above them on branch; willow tree in back at top L

Kite and two crows, c. 1766-1770

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A pair of crows huddle against a downpour of rain, suggested by diagonal bands of ink wash and downturned leaves. Farther up on the same branch, a kite (a type of bird of prey) appears unperturbed by the stormy weather. The pairing of a kite and crows appears with some frequency in paintings by Yosa Buson, as it does in a type of poetry known as haikai (the poetic form from which modern-day haiku evolved). Buson was a master of both mediums, and it is possible that the subject of his painting was drawn from a poem.

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Title
Kite and two crows
Artist Life
1716 - 1783
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.31.62
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two black birds sitting next to each other on lower part of branch; larger grey and light pink speckled bird sitting above them on branch; willow tree in back at top L