In 1883 Motoyasu (or Bunrin) published a multi-volume, woodblock-printed picture book entitled Bunrin Gafu (i.e., Picture Album by Bunrin). Volume fourteen included the fourteen pictures of flowers and (or) birds shown in this gallery. Click on a picture to enlarge it. Motoyasu’s drawing style was influenced by a Chinese painting style practiced largely by amateurs whose objective was to reveal their subject’s spirit rather than its form (i.e., true shape and colors). To see pictures from volumes 11-13 click here.

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