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Kano Kazunobu “Four Seasons: Birds and Flowers”

Color on silk
113×45㎝ / 197×57㎝

Kano Kazonobu, a prodigious talent of the late Edo period, is instantly recognizable by his use of eye-catching, vibrant colors. His magnum opus, “The Five Hundred Disciples of the Buddha” at Zojoji Temple, completed over approximately 10 years, continues to astound people as a monumental masterpiece. However, only limited number his works remain to this day, leaving much of his artistic career shrouded in mystery. This piece, depicting birds and flowers with vivid colors and a compellingly intricate brushwork, is believed to have been created in his thirties based on the use of his alias “Kensu-sai”. Kazunobu's mastery of shading, learned from Western painting, is evident here, imparting a sense of depth to the flora and fauna, almost emanating the rich scent of wilderness.

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