A winter scene featuring a bush warbler in a snow covered heavenly bamboo. Showa period, mid 20th century. Nandina or heavenly bamboo is widely grown in gardens as an ornamental plant. They continually changes color throughout the year. Although the common name heavenly bamboo, it is actually not a bamboo at all. All parts of the plant are poisonous and could potentially be fatal if ingested. Birds are not affected by these toxins and will disperse the seeds through their droppings. The berries can be left on the plants for birds to harvest in late winter. In Japan, it became popular and has been improved the varieties since Edo period. The Japanese also like the plants as the pronounce of the "nanten" can be read as "turn bad luck to good". Signed Kan and sealed.
Hamada Kan (1898－1985) was a Japanese painter active during Showa period. He studied under Takeuchi Seiho (1864-1942). He has received many awards including special selection at Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) in 1947 and 1949, an award from the Ministry of Education in 1963 and Japan Art academy prize in 1965. He was adept at bird and flower painting.
The scroll is in very good condition.
Painting: 14 1/4” x 43 3/8” (36.0cm x 110.0cm)
Scroll: 19 1/8” x 59 1/2” (48.5cm x 151.0cm)