ITO Sozan -- "Fireflies and Reeds" (#2) (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 1/2
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to background sky and water; shiny black "lacquer" highlights to fireflie's bodies; nicely detailed carving.
Condition Very Good to Nearly Excellent. Excellent colors.
Original side margins. (Laid onto old backing; top/bottom margins slightly trimmed.)
Reference/Illus "Shin-Hanga--New Prints in Modern Japan" Fig #72, p58.
Comments A delightfully variant nightiime "fireflys" image. Likely a pre-Earthquake print--now only 2nd copy we've even encountered. Sozan designed prints for Watanabe from 1919 until 1926, with Watanabe's 1936 catalogue containing 28 prints by Sozan. Rare.
Item # DG-499
Price $950 (Sold/SG)