White Herons

Maruyama Ōkyo 円山応挙 Japanese

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Blank paper is left in reserve for the bodies of the herons, silhouetted by soft, misty wash rather than ink outline. Instead of depending on images from copybooks for inspiration, Maruyama Ōkyo, founder of the Maruyama-Shijo school and proponent of naturalism in painting, practiced sketching from life. He created images of birds, animals, and fish drawn from every angle, and captured the atmospheric effects of rain, mist, and snow.

White Herons, Maruyama Ōkyo 円山応挙 (Japanese, 1733–1795), Hanging scroll; ink on paper, Japan

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