Herons in the Snow

Nakabayashi Chikutō Japanese

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The characteristic decorative quality of Chikutō's painting is amply evident here in the rhythmic arrangement of the herons, boldly framed by their snowy perch. The stark black-and-white contrasts and the repetitive patterns of horizontal washes that define the white forms of the birds and branches further contribute to an effect of graphic elegance. Chikutō, born a doctor's son in Nagoya, moved in 1815 to Kyoto, where he joined the circle of the nanga artist Rai Sanyō (1780–1832).

Herons in the Snow, Nakabayashi Chikutō (Japanese, 1776–1853), Hanging scroll; ink on paper, Japan

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