Height: 1519.000 mm
Width: 1549.000 mm
Arthur Morrison Collection
Gift of Sir W. Gwynne-Evans, Bt.
Asia JP 2292 (1913.5-1.0587)
Suzuki Kason, Pine, Bird and Spider, a 2-fold screen painting
Meiji era, late 19th - early 20th century AD
The composition is focused to the centre of the left-hand panel, where a spider spins a web down from the branch of a pine tree, on which sits a bird, watching the spider intently. The expanse of unpainted gold leaf is offset by the dark ink washes of the tree trunk which cuts diagonally across the top left corner. The only use of colour on the screen is the blue plumage on the bird's back. The delicate composition conjures up the feeling of a moment in nature glimpsed only by chance, but one which holds the attention.
Suzuki Kason (1860-1919) was a successful painter in the
The signature reads 'Kason' and the seal also reads 'Kason'.