Ito Sozan: Heron on a Willow Branch

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Artist: Ito Sozan (1884-?)
Title: Heron on a Willow Branch

A heron stands upon the sturdy branch of a large willow and turns its sharp gaze towards the upper branches. It is windy, and the willow boughs are in motion from the breeze. Beautifully printed; the sky behind the white bird is a yellow-orange, with grey approaching from beneath and above. Sozan was a specialist in kacho-e, bird-and-flower pictures. Twenty-eight of his works are listed in the 1936 Watanabe catalog. 

Date: ca 1920s
Dimensions: 39 x 17.6bcm
Signature: Sozan
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Two small hinging remnants top verso and minor crease in lower left margin.