An artist whose first name was Gyōsan designed a set of flower-and-bird woodblock prints in the late 1800s. Twenty-six of these prints are shown here. Click on a picture to enlarge it. Each print included multiple species of flowers and birds which usually were symbolically associated with the same season of the year in Japan. The flowers and birds were drawn with sufficient accuracy for Japanese viewers to be able to identify them but shapes and colors were not always true to life. The use of synthetic colorants imported from Europe was novel at the time these prints were made. To see a gallery with larger pictures click here.

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