An offering of flowers and a Buddhist reliquary decorate this beige silk Fukusa hand painted by Kubota Beisen. On the reverse is a plum blossom crest. It is 25-1/2 x 30 inches (64.5 x 77 cm).
Kubota Beisen (1852-1906) was a student of Suzuki Hyakunen, who expanded upon his teachers style with a flare for western techniques, while remaining recognizably Japanese. He helped to establish and taught at the Kyoto School of Painting (Future Kyoto University of Fine Art). He also served as a war correspondent, accompanying Japanese troops in the Sino-Japanese war. His work is held in the V&A, British Museum and many others. His paintings decorate the ceiling and doors of one room in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. One of his paintings was given as a gift to Queen Victoria, in 1897.