Seiho expressed the side of this lush pond by changing thickness of sumi. He depicted an old tree in the foreground on the left side, and this draws the viewer’s eyes to the right side. Behind the hanging trees branches over a flock of wild ducks playing on the waterfront, dead branches stretch out, on which a crow rests his feathers. This is similar to a work of the same title produced in 1926. Compared to that, he further strengthened the sumi gradation to enhance the atmosphere of lush trees. Over more than ten years, he seems to have perfected his own suiboku-ga style.


  • Title: Birds at Roost
  • Date Created: 1937
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Year of Production: 昭和12年
  • Physical Dimensions: w81.2 x h65.0 cm
  • Painter: Takeuchi Seiho
  • Object Title: 宿鴨宿鴉
  • Category: 日本画
  • Artist Name: 竹内栖鳳
  • Type: Japanese Painting
  • Rights: Adachi Museum of Art, Terms & Conditions
  • Medium: ink on paper / hanging scroll

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