It may seem like a lot of birds here, but I just discovered Watanabe Shotei, the Nihonga artist, who lived between 1851-1918 in Japan, considered one of the first Japanese artist who was able to travel europe and attend international exhibitions. He was appreciated by the European art lovers and given a bronze medal. His main education comes from his apprenticeship since he was sixteen.
According to The British Museum, Shotei’s success comes from combining the realistic elements he found in Western art with the light colours and wash effects of the Maruyama-Shijō school, thereby creating a new kind of kachōga (bird-and-flower painting).
I totally agree! While Shotei’s simple placement of objects carries east, his drawings’ certainity brings in the west. His drawings makes me feel warm and at peace.
More detailed information about Watanabe Shotei can be found here and here.