magnolia with a variety of small birds in and flying around its limbs and base

Birds and Flowering Plants, c. 1840

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Artists of the Maruyama school combined Western realism with the indigenous penchant for decorative design to produce works of great naturalism and pleasing visual effect. Nagasawa Roshu, pupil of the progenitor of the school and adopted son of one of its leading masters, was himself a master of this style. This set of paintings is an impressive example of his work and reveals both Roshu's debt to his teacher, Okyo, and to his adoptive father, Rosetsu. The refined, precise approach clearly suggests Roshu's fidelity to Okyo's fastidious style. Other elements reveal the unorthodox approach of Rosetsu. Rosetsu was fond of juxtaposing subjects of vastly different scale. Here, Roshu echoes this approach by pairing a tiny wagtail with the imposing peacock.

Details
Title
Birds and Flowering Plants
Artist Life
1767-1847
Role
Painter
Accession Number
95.70.1
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magnolia with a variety of small birds in and flying around its limbs and base