Pheasant in Bamboo

pheasant and bamboo drawingI am so fascinated by these Asian types of pieces. There’s a pure simplicity to just using paper and one color of ink to create art. This drawing of a pheasant in bamboo is by Tsunenobu Kanô (1636-1713). I found several pieces of Kanô’s that were sold in the major auction houses but little seems to have been written about the Japanese painter.

I’m not sure what much else I could say about this print other than it is a pen and ink drawing of a pheasant in bamboo drawn by a painter from 17th century Japan. In the drawing we have a pheasant standing behind two stalks of bamboo.  Most of the height of the drawing is comprised of the bamboo and the pheasant looks almost small under several of its branches.

This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.