142.0 x 46.0cm image; 205.5 x 63.7 x 77.8cm scroll [height x width x rod]
Chinzan, a samurai, took up painting to augment his income, studying under Tani Bunchô. He concentrated in bird and flower painting ('kachoga'), absorbing elements of Chinese 18th century bird and flower painting then popular among some Japanese artists. This painting is handled with the delicate and sensitive touch so typical of Chinzan, who has used the 'boneless' technique in which the colour creates its own outlines and is not confined by black ink contours.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.243.
'Edo Painting Schools', The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales 2003, 2003, 243 (colour illus.).