The painting is an early work made by Okyo Maruyama, during which time he went by the name of “Senrei Rakkan,” “Senrei Signature.” It is a depiction of a moment when a bird has come down to rest on a withered lotus leaf. The bird appears in negative space as if it is the spirit of a bird. The work fashions its own universe, inviting viewers to join in contemplation.
The lighting condition inside our contemporary living spaces is diﬀerent from that of the time when Maruyama painted this piece and intended for it to be viewed. However, with a light controller one can find the appropriate lighting to recreate the moment when the spirit of the bird comes alive, revealing itself to the viewer. This moment is glorious. It transports us to a diﬀerent era.
About the Artist:
Maruyama Okyo was the son of a farmer in the Tamba Province of Japan, what is now a part of the Kyoto Prefecture. During his youth, he spent several years in a monastery studying its collection of ancient Chinese and Japanese paintings.