Birds on Camellia BranchArtist(s)Nishiyama Kan'eiObject Creation Date2nd half of 19th centuryMedium & Supportink and color on paperDimensions
( )Credit LineMuseum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection FundSubject matter
Nishiyama Kan'ai is "a skillful painter of landscapes and kachōga."
Roberts, Laurance Page, and John M. Rosenfield. A Dictionary of Japanese Artists: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Prints, Lacquer.
"Japanese art has a rich tradition in the depiction of flora and fauna. Until the 17th
century powerful and myth-like creatures such as dragons, phoenixes, lion dogs, birds of prey and tigers were portrayed as aggressive. This changed however when the influence of the samurai subsided and urban culture began to develop. Rich merchants sought refinement and a sympathetic style and in the artistic rendition of nature docile animals in subtle well-balanced compositions emerged. Flowers and birds became popular subjects, not only for their esthetic beauty but for their symbolic significance as well.
The literal meaning of the Japanese word kachō-ga
is ‘images of flowers and birds’. Richly coloured flowers and birds are the focal point of this exhibition that illustrates the origin and development of this decorative genre. Colourful plants and animals embellish the screens, scrolls, albums, illustrated books, fan-shaped prints and graphs dating back to the 18th
“Kachō-Ga. The Poetry of Japanese Nature.” Sieboldhuis
, 13 Feb. 2019, www.sieboldhuis.org/en/exhibitions/kachōga-de-poëzie-van-de-japanse-natuur.Physical Description
There is a single camellia branch that points upward. It starts from the bottom of the painting and ends at the top. There are many twigs that jut branch out from the main branch that have leaves and flowers growing from them; the leaves have a presence in the painting because of their size and their detail. There is a single bird sitting on the branch. There is a seal and signature in the bottom left corner of the painting.Primary Object ClassificationPaintingCollection AreaAsianRights
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branches (plant components)