Still Life – Salmon Slices and Sardines1924 46.5×52.0 cm
The painting was done right after the artist’s grand tour of Europe. The detailed still life reflects the influence of artists of the northern Renaissance. Bakusen’s painting style later came to resemble that of the flowers and birds painting style of the Sung and Yuan dynasties.
Hibiscus Manihot1932 152.0×69.5 cm
The flowers favored by Bakusen are clear and fragrant, including the hibiscus manihot depicted here as well as mustard, peonies, morning glories, lotus, and chrysanthemum. This work is also soothing, and Bakusen's superlative grace floats over it.