Cat and Plum Blossoms1906 118.0×49.8 cm
Hishida Shunso is noted for his depictions of cats, and his painting, "Black Cat", is quite famous.
The work here was completed four years before that one, and one can see in the feline shown here that he had already achieved a fusion of realism and decorative art.
Hydrangeas1902 54.5×112.2 cm
Although this work was produced during the period when Yokoyama Taikan along with his morotai method was not accepted, it is an exquisitely sophisticated work. Despite the colorfulness of the hydrangeas, the calculated composition and subdued tones evoke their innate feel of lonely melancholia.