Label copy This scroll is an example of "haiga," a Japanese style of painting where the freely painted image accompanies a short poem called "haiku." Sakaki Hyakusen was a pioneer of this style. The poem on this scroll is entitled "At Yatshuhashi": On the bridge posts, I laid down my brush, the iris.The spontaneous quality of the brushstrokes can be seen in the iris leaves. Notice how the dark leaf "bleeds" into the lighter one underneath because the srokes were done quickly before the ink had a chance to dry.
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