Familiar scenes of nature are depicted with lively brush strokes in these ten paintings, which include a thicket of reeds steeped in twilight and a waterside willow swaying in a gentle breeze. Painted in the year he turned 41, this is the work of Ike-no-Taiga, famous as a master of bunjinga painting in Japan. These small works are kinpeki seiryoku landscapes in which the artist uses gold paint in combination with verdigris and ultramarine. The artistry and technique indicate that the mature Taiga is at the height of his powers. Fifty years after the death of Taiga, Yagi Sonsho, a student of Kimura Kenkadō, who had been a friend of Taiga's, added the foreword and afterword, as well as the shichigon-zekku (four lines of seven characters each) verses that correspond to each picture.