Birds and Flowers

Attributed to Kano Yukinobu 狩野之信 Japanese

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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 attributed to 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.

Birds and Flowers, Attributed to Kano Yukinobu 狩野之信 (Japanese, ca. 1513–1575), Diptych of hanging scrolls; ink on paper, Japan

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