'Bird in a Persimmon Tree'

This handsome woodblock print depicts a bird in a Persimmon tree with lush hanging fruit. Nishinomiya Yosaku, a Tokyo publisher worked with a number of artists in the early 20th century on several series of Kacho-e, or 'bird and flower' prints, which progressed to a new level during the shin hanga movement. Jyuukou was a kacho-e artist, and little is known of Jyuukou's body of work.  This print bears Jyuukou's cipher, along with the publisher's seal and the title of the print in the left margin.  Given the publisher's seal, we know that this print dates to the Taisho period c1912-1926.  This print has a subtle beauty, with soft colors and rich persimmon fruit.  The print measures 14.5" x 9.5", and the frame measures 19.5" x 14.5". It is matted in a pale apricot mat, and a simple black frame. It is in excellent condition.        P1545    $195.00

Jyuukou (Dates Unknown) 'Bird in a Persimmon Tree'