ITO Sozan -- "Barn Swallows in Rain"

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Artist ITO, Sozan (1884-??)
Title "Barn Swallows in Rain"
(given name)
Date Early 1920's.
Series na
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 6 3/8 x 14 5/8
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading throughout; "gauffraged" outline of tree limb; nicely over-printed streaks of falling rain; crisp lines, highly detailed carving.
Condition Excellent. Strong colors; clean backside. Original narrow margins. (No flaws noted.)
Reference/Illus na
Comments A delightful image of three barn swallows huddled together on a willow branch during the rain. Not often seen. Sozan designed prints for Watanabe from 1919 until 1926, with Watanabe's 1936 catalogue containing 28 prints by Sozan.
Item # BG-781
Price $725