'Crow and Moon'
This exceptional woodblock print depicts a crow on a blossoming Cherry tree branch before a full moon. The details are exceptional, with rich, lush colors in the crow, and mica accents. Kosan/Shosan was the student of Suzuki Koson. He painted flora and fauna during the period between 1895-1902, becoming recognized as a nihonga painter of the kacho-ga (nature print) genre. The majority of his early prints (1900-1912) were designed for the foreign market and published by Matsuki Heikichi, also known as Daikokuya. All of the prints from this period were signed "Koson." Between 1912-1926 he again devoted himself to painting. Using the name 'Shoson', he returned to the woodblock medium during the 1920s, working primarily with the shin hanga publisher Watanabe. This print dates to c1912, an early Koson print edition. It bears the Koson cipher and seal. This print measures 9.25" high by 9.5" across", and the frame measures 17" square in a simple black frame. P65213 $695.00