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Around the turn of the 20th century, Hishida Shunso and his friend and fellow painter Yokoyama Taikan developed a new method of painting. They would restrict themselves to using just a few outlines, and instead use hazy fields of color to depict light, air, water, and the shapes of animals and plants. Because shapes weren’t defined with lines, the pictures could appear a little blurry. For this reason, people referred to the technique as morotai, meaning blurry and unclear. The title of this work refers to a riverbank in summer, and Hishida has used the technique to capture a small river, rocks, a wagtail, pink dianthus flowers, and the warm light and atmosphere that surrounds them.