Pheasant on a Snow-Covered Branch

Kano Hōgai, Japanese, 1828 - 1888

Made in Japan, Asia

Meiji Period (1868-1912)

c. 1880

Ink and colors on paper; mounted as a hanging scroll

53 1/4 x 23 5/8 inches (135.2 x 60 cm) Mount: 95 5/8 x 30 1/4 inches (242.9 x 76.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Moncure Biddle in memory of her father, Ernest F. Fenollosa, 1941

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Kanö Högai was a disciple of the Kanö school, academic court painters for more than four hundred years. The art historian Ernest F. Fenollosa (1853-1908), one of Högai's closest friends and patrons, was the original owner of this hanging scroll. This is a very important example of Högai's later work. He uses Kanö-school lines and styles, with the Western influence of the realistic style introduced by Fenollosa, especially in the depiction of the pheasant.