ITO Sozan -- "Fireflies and Reeds" (variant)

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Artist ITO, Sozan (1884-??)
(active 1909-26)
Title "Fireflies and Reeds" (variant)
Date Late 1910's/early 1920's
(pre-1923 Earthquake?)
Series na
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo(??)
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 6 1/2 x 14 7/8
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to background sky and water; shiny black "lacquer" to fireflie's bodies; nicely detailed carving.
Condition Nearly Excellent. Strong colors; clean backside.
(Paper residues verso upper corners; light toning; bent lower/left corner tip; light wear.)
Reference/Illus "Shin-Hanga--New Prints in Modern Japan" Fig #72, p58.
Comments A delightfully variant nightiime "fireflys" image--only copy we've even encountered. Sozan designed prints for Watanabe from 1919 until 1926, with Watanabe's 1936 catalogue containing 28 prints by Sozan.
Item # DG-128
Price $850 (Sold/KK)