Re: Artist identity

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Posted by Hans Olof Johansson ( on July 07, 2020 at 11:28:55:

In Reply to: Re: Artist identity posted by manuD on July 06, 2020 at 20:42:55:

Well, manuD, I do believe that Hod˘ really intended to depict a shrike, given the title of the print. However I don't think it's an accurate depiction, except perhaps for the colour nuances of the plumage. Anatomically, I think his bird looks more like a hawk, or even a sparrow with a hawk's beak. Compare Audubon's depiction above of a pair of American loggerhead shrikes, not only concentrating on their anatomy, but also on their "quarrelsome disposition".

Kach˘ga - pictures of flowers (or plants) and birds - was a popular genre on the fringe of ukiyo-e, and it can be interesting to study the differences between the Japanese and the Western naturalist painters.

Best regards,
Hans Olof

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