Ito Sozan – Bats and Full Moon

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MLS2023179

Additional information

Artist

Sozan, Ito

Condition

(A+) Excellent Condition

Date

1910s-1930s

Edition

First Edition, Lifetime

Movement

Shin-hanga

Publisher

Watanabe Shozaburo

Size

Chuban (7"x10")

Subjects

Birds / Beasts, Night

A rare pre-earthquake chuban-sized woodblock by Ito Sozan, this print was published in two variants, one with a more pronounced pale blue and yellow color scheme.

The Woodblock Print

This chuban-sized woodblock is in very fine condition. Beautiful color and detail without discolorations, intact and clean margins, a clean verso.

About the Artist

Itō Sōzan lived between 1884 and 1926 and was associated with the Shin Hanga print movement. Little known, his catalog of prints have been overshadowed by the more famous Ohara Koson as he also seems to have been replaced by Koson for his publisher Watanabe. Ito Sozan was a noted designer of kacho-ga (flowers and birds), and fulfilled that role with the newly formed Watanabe publishing house until his death/replacement (the exact story reasoning is unknown).