Still life with fish, peach blossoms and birds

Artist: Taki Katei 瀧和亭 (1830-1901)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, late 19th-early 20th century
Ink and colors on silk with ivory jiku
H x W (image): 123.3 x 51.1 cm (48 9/16 x 20 1/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll

bird, fish, flower, Japan, kakemono, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), still life, WWII-era provenance

To 1995
Andreas Leisinger, Zushi, Japan, to 1995

From 1995
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Andreas Leisinger in 1995

Previous Owner(s)

Andreas Leisinger


An assortment of fish and other sea animals, a branch of blossoming peach, and birds are arranged in this painting as if it were a still life. The scene comes to life, however, with the image of an inverted flying fish and soaring birds. In this witty and lighthearted painting, the artist Taki Katei expresses his mastery of flower-and-bird painting, a subject for which he was well known. The style of this work reflects the artist's knowledge of the style of the Shijo school, centered in Kyoto. Katei's expertise in the practice and connoisseurship of painting and his interest in fostering the art during the Meiji era led to his appointment as an Imperial Household Artist (Teishitsu gigeiin).

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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