This depiction of a quiet, cold, early spring day portrays a cat crouching underneath an old plum tree. The soft spring sun is tempting to the cat but sleep seems to be prevailing. Shunso liked, and often, drew cats. He particularly liked to illustrate black/white spotted cats, and black cats. The realistic cat and the impressive tree trunk are drawn by using an ink diffusion technique. They contrast each other beautifully, suggesting that Shunso, at the time, had sought to integrate the concepts of realism and decoration. He is thought to have perfected this technique in 1910 with his picture – “Black Cat”.


  • Title: Cat and Plum Blossoms
  • Creator Lifespan: 1874 - 1911
  • Creator Nationality: Japanese
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Tokyo
  • Creator Birth Place: Nagano
  • Date Created: 1906
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Year of Production: 明治39年
  • Physical Dimensions: w49.8 x h118.0 cm
  • Painter: Hishida shunso
  • Object Title: 猫梅
  • Category: 日本画
  • Artist Name: 菱田春草
  • Type: Japanese Painting
  • Rights: Adachi Museum of Art, Terms & Conditions
  • External Link: https://www.adachi-museum.or.jp/en/archives/collection/hishida_shunso
  • Medium: color on silk / hanging scroll

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