Itô: Snow in spring at Kamikôchi
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Itô Takashi (1894-1982)
Spring snow in the Azusa river valley, in Kamikôchi, located in the Japanese Alps.
Title: Kamikôchi Shunsetsu (Spring snow in Kamikôchi)
Seal: Itô Takashi
Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô, Tokyo (Seal C)
Size: Vertical Ôban, 26,6 x 23,8 cm (image size)
Early edition. Excellent impression, with embossing. Good colours (a little bit faded), light mat stain at top. Paper only slightly age-toned. Verso in top corners faint traces from previous attachment. In bottom margin faint stamp "Made in Occupied Japan" (applied for export after 1945; the publisher's seal here, however, was in use only 1929-1942).
Rarely seen in an early edition. Cf. MFA Boston, no. 38,724 (early edition). LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), No. M.2003.67.33 (seal not visible). Cf. also Carnegie Museum of Art, No. 89.28.1332; Univ. of Kansas, Spencer Museum of Art, No. 1979.0179; Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY, No. 74.115 (the latter three all in later editions).