Crow in Snow

Artist: Kawanabe Kyōsai 河鍋暁斎 (1831-1889)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, after 1881
Ink and color on paper
H x W (image): 36.2 x 24.8 cm (14 1/4 x 9 3/4 in)
Credit Line
Robert O. Muller Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

crow, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), Robert O. Muller collection
Provenance research underway.

Kyosai is reputed to have produced as many as two hundred drawings in one day. His most celebrated painting was an ink-on-paper rendering of a crow on a branch, an award-winning creation exhibited in 1881 at the Second National Industrial Exhibition in Tokyo. Its success obliged him to satisfy a great demand for similar images. Here, he achieves the feel of brushwork with an ironic reversal, using the white, uninked paper to compose the central elements. The bird's eye and the slightest gradation in and around the beak further nuance this print.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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