Tsubaki Chinzan was a samurai who took up painting to supplement his income, studying under the literati painter Tani Bunchô. Chinzan incorporated into his work elements of Chinese bird and flower painting from the 1700s. In this delicate painting, Chinzan has used the 'boneless' technique in which the colour creates its own outlines rather than being confined by black ink contours. Katsura plants are native to Japan and China and are admired for their sweet fragrance and the changing colours of their heart-shaped leaves.
Place where the work was made
hanging scroll; ink and colour on paper
142.0 x 46.0 cm image; 205.5 x 63.7 x 77.8 cm scroll
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Where the work was made
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Edo Painting Schools', Sydney, 2003, 243 (colour illus.).