|Gift of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich, www.mfa.org|
This led me to look for something elegant and serene today (now I'm listening to this), and here's the result: a woodblock print of a "Sleeping Cat" by Gyosai (Kawanabe Kyosai, 1831-89). Gyosai was known for the gusto and exuberance of his nature and much of his work, but was also capable of quieter work that showcased his technical excellence. This is one. There is not one false stroke in this print, and the choice of a simple fade in the background is perfect. Anything more complicated would spoil its peace.