ITO Sozan -- "Fireflies and Reeds" (#2)

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Artist ITO, Sozan (1884-??)
Title "Fireflies and Reeds"
(given name by Watanabe)
Date Early 1920's.
Provenance Private placement. Consigned by a southwest print collector/dealer.
Series na
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 6 1/4 x 14 5/8
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to background sky and water; "burnishing" to fireflie's bodies; nicely detailed carving.
Condition Nearly Excellent. Strong colors. Clean backside. (Light toning; faint mat-line lower/left edge; minor thinning backside wide left margin; very slight wear.) Original bottom and right margins per "kento marks."
Reference/Illus 1936 Watanabe Catalogue #233.
Comments A delightful nightime image--not often seen. Sozan designed prints for Watanabe from 1919 until 1926, with Watanabe's 1936 catalogue containing 28 prints by Sozan.
Item # FW-56
Price Special $500 (Sold/JD)
(Reg $625)