ITO Sozan -- "Two Crows in Snow"

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Artist ITO, Sozan (1884-??)
Title "Two Crows in Snow"
(given name, by Watanabe)
Date Early 1920's.
Series na
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 6 5/8 x 14 5/8
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to crows and background; "gauffraged" accumulation of snow; baren "sujizuri" circles in snow; crisp lines, nicely detailed carving.
Condition Nearly Excellent. Strong colors; clean backside. Original narrow margins. (Very faint spot left/bottom center; slight wear.)
Reference/Illus 1936 Watanabe Catalogue #234.
Comments Two crows searching for foot in the snow, their foot-prints are seen in the snow. Rarely seen print. Sozan designed prints for Watanabe from 1919 until 1926, with Watanabe's 1936 catalogue containing 28 prints by Sozan.
Item # BG-622
Price $1100 (Reserved/DN, Germany)