Passion1934 168.2×168.5 cm
The word aizen can refer to sexual passion or carnal desire, but here one sees the tender love of a couple. It shows an instant wherein a brace of mandarin ducks are visible amid the deep blue of the pond and red of the maple leaves.
It is an important work that harmonizes ornamentation with realism in a wondrous fashion.
Floral Offering1940 166.6×115.0 cm
The painting is an excellent work that is brilliantly and elegantly executed and does full justice to the title. Ryushi is a singularly unique artist in that he turned from western-style painting to Japanese-style painting after visiting America at the age of 28. It is truly characteristic of the artist to depict an arrangement of peonies in a bamboo basket on a large canvas.