Exhibitions/ Art Object

Birds and Flowers

Artist:
Attributed to Kano Yukinobu (Japanese, ca. 1513–1575)
Period:
Muromachi period (1392–1573)
Date:
16th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Dimensions:
39 1/8 x 16 3/4 in. (99.4 x 42.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.100.91
Not on view
The lively depiction of birds in natural settings with seasonal trees and flowers was a favorite theme in early ink painting and a hallmark of the Kano school of painters led by Kano Motonobu (ca. 1476–1559). This rendition by Motonobu's brother, Yukinobu, is in the ink-wash style inspired by the Southern Song painter Muqi (late 13th–early 14th century), which uses tonal variations of ink instead of outlines to define the soft forms of feathers and flowers.
Signature: Yukinobu; Seal: Yukinobu
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