In this fun-filled and charming design, Rinsai combines the innovative pairing of an owl in bright sunlight, surrounded by plump fruit, colorful songbirds, trumpeting lilies, and the pleasant, waving face of a sunflower. The wheat sheaves gathered by the right margin and the abundance of tree fruit suggests the early days of autumn harvest.
Utsushi Rinsai’s imaginative and creative bird and flower prints are dynamic, unusual combinations of traditional landscapes reinvigorated with the addition of particular decorative Western techniques. Working in Tokyo between 1869 and 1890, Rinsai dedicated his woodblock designs to the natural world. His kacho-e, or bird-and-flower pictures, were largely released in sets and volumes, as opposed to individually. Released in 1880, Newly Selected Nature Studies, is Rinsai’s largest and best known collection of kacho-e.