ITO Sozan -- "Crows Flying in Snow" (#3)

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Artist ITO, Sozan (1884-??)
Title "Crows Flying 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 9 7/8
Impression Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to distant crows and grey sky; visible "woodgrain" to sky; nicely detailed carving.
Condition Very Good++. Strong colors; clean backside. Original narrow margins. Tiny "Made in Japan" stamped verso margin. (Crease upper/left corner; small stain lower right.)
Reference/Illus 1936 Watanabe Catalogue #507
Comments A striking wintertime image of four crows flying in a snowstorm. Not often seen. Sozan designed prints for Watanabe from 1919 until 1926, with Watanabe's 1936 catalogue containing 28 prints by Sozan.
Item # BG-729
Price $550