Heron on a Willow Branch

late 1700s
Location: not on view
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Okyo was the most influential painter and teacher of his time in Kyoto. His mastery of brush and ink found expression in a variety of Chinese and Japanese subjects, painting styles, and formats. This depiction of a heron on a willow branch is done in a classical Japanese painting (yamato-e) style, utilizing flat areas of colorful pigments set against an expansive background with little or no spatial depth.
Heron on a Willow Branch

Heron on a Willow Branch

late 1700s

Maruyama Ōkyo

(Japanese, 1733–1795)
Japan, Edo period (1615–1868)

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