Birds after Snowfall in Midwinter, Konoshima Ôkoku, c. 1914

Birds after Snowfall in Midwinter, Konoshima Ôkoku, c. 1914

sumi on paper mounting: grijsblauw damast, with knobs of ivory in a box of wood and paper, h 133.5cm × w 30.6cm More details

With this painting Okoku evokes the atmosphere of a winter landscape, in which the snow creates a diffuse light and muted colours. Tranquillity and a somewhat forlorn, lonely mood characterize Okoku’s landscapes. This has been linked with Okoku himself, who fell into isolation in the early 20th century when the art world began to consider his introverted work as old-fashioned.

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