Insect Singing (1947)
color on silk; hanging scroll
115.8 x 26.9 cm
Toward the end of the war, in 1944, Kiyokata was evacuated to Chigasaki and then to Gotemba, just before the end of the war. After a dark period in which he found it difficult to paint bijinga, Kiyokata moved to Zaimokuza in Kamakura in 1946, where he once again started to work on his bijinga paintings.
He purposely omitted the insects in this painting, focusing instead on the flowering bush clover and the intently listening attitude of the woman dressed in the style of the women of Edo.