The tree on which three white herons stand may be a paulownia. Judicious use of ink wash across the composition evokes misting rain. The screens are an example of modern Japanese painting, or nihonga (literally â€śJapanese paintingâ€ť) that draws upon the style established by Maruyama Okyo (1733â€“1795). Nihonga was developed in the Meiji period in response to the influx of information about European painting and culture that became available to artists in Japan in the mid-1800s and early 1900s. The goal was to reinterpret traditional styles and formats of Japanese painting in order to correct for a perceived lack of relevance to modern sensibilities.In this composition, Setsuden uses a color palette that borrows from Western impressionism and post-impressionism. A Kyoto-based artist, Setsuden was awarded a medal at the sixth Ministry of Education Exhibition (Bunten) in 1912 for a two-panel folding screen also featuring the theme of birds in rain.