A heron quietly stands still in reeds. Depicted on silk with ink. Heron has been a favorite bird of Japanese artists since ancient times. The Chinese character used for the name of the bird represents a dewdrop that shimmers in the morning sun. This may have reminded as the glistening dewdrop of the snow white plumage of the bird. White heron has also another name “Sekkaku” meaning a visitor in the snow. As shown in the names, the feeling of living moment of the bird has vividly captured in the painting through a proficient painting skills of the artist. Signed Sobun and sealed.
Morikawa Sobun （1847-1902） was a Japanese painter active during Meiji period (1868-1912). He was born in Kyoto. He studied Shijo school painting under various foremost painters including Maekawa Gorei and Hasegawa Gyokuho (1822－1879). He became a teacher for the Kyoto Municipal School of Painting in 1880. Sobun exhibited his artworks internationally and received prizes at a number of art exhibitions.
There are some stains and marks on the painting and scroll, otherwise there is no other damage.
Painting: 13 3/4” x 39 1/4” (34.7cm x 99.5cm)
Scroll: 19 1/8” x 75” (48.5cm x 190.5cm)