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Okuhara Seiko (1837-1913) attr.

Two moorhens (Gallinula chloropus) amidst reeds in the dark mist.

Signature: Seiko 静湖

Seal: Seiko 静湖

Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokokuya)

Date: c. 1910

Size: Shikishiban, 23 x 23,6 cm (image size)

Very good impression and colour. Minimal trimming, old album mounting, else excellent condition.

Ill. in Rappard-Boon, The Age of Yoshitoshi. Japanese prints from the Meiji- and Taishô periods. Amsterdam, 1990, p. 99, fig. 138. Rijksmuseum Collection No. RP-P-1989-219. Also ill. in Andon No. 76, p. 41, fig. 1a. Cf. also Freer Sackler, Robert O. Muller Collection, No. S2003.8.2123
Usually the fine bird-pictures with this signature (despite the different writing of the first character) are attributed to the famous woman painter Okuhara Seiko (cf. British Museum, MFA Boston, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam a.o.). Merritt and Yamada (Guide, p. 133) do not make any attribution. For a possible attribution to the kacho-e artist Watanabe Seitei (1851-1918) see Neumann and Schaap (in Andon No. 76, 2004. P. 40ff).
Cf. Freer Sackler, Robert O. Muller Collection, No. S2003.8.2125 (showing a later impression)