Sôzan: Beauty with umbrellaSôzan: Beauty with umbrella
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Itô Sôzan (1884- ?)

A young beauty with her umbrella on a snowy winter’s day; over her head a sparrow is teetering on the branch of a weeping willow.


Signature: Sôzan

Seal: Sozan?

Publisher: Watanabe, Tokyo

Date: c. 1919-26 (presumably before 1923)

Size: Vertical Ôtanzaku (Mitsugiri), 38,2 x 17,2 cm (overall)

Excellent strong impression and colours, with glossy overprinting (shômenzuri) in the hair. Very few minute spots, light age toning. Overall excellent condition.
Bottom verso stamped Watanabe inventory number „No 905“. 
A very beautiful and extremely rare early Shin Hanga print.

Only very few copies of this print are recorded, e.g. Freer/Sackler, Muller Collection, No. S2003.8.366 (dated c. 1915); Chazen Museum of Art, Van Vleck Collection, No. 1980.2857 (dated 1910-20). Also illustrated in: The female image, Leiden 2000, p. 48, No. 23 (termed as part of a series „Setsugekka no uchi“ – snow, moon and flower)