Shôun: Singing bird
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Yamamoto Shôun (1870-1965)
A bird singing on the shallow bank of a pond, surrounded by flowering irises.
Publisher: (Matsuki Heikichi, Daikoku-ya, Tokyo?)
Date: c. 1900-1910
Format: Horizontal Koban, 9 x 14 cm (image), 15 x 20,7 cm (overall)
Very fine and crisp impression with excellent colours and embossing. Printed on strong paper with wide margins. Paper minimally age-toned, a faint fingerstain in right margin, else excellent condition. A very rare Kachô-e by the artist. So far no other copy recorded.
For other small-size prints by Shôun (mainly landscapes) from about the same time compare: Museum of Art, Kochi 2005, pp. 54ff, nos. 126ff and esp. no. 164 (squirrel). Cf. also Gotô Masako, Yamamoto Shôun. His Life and Works. In: Daruma. Japanese Art & Antiques Magazine, No. 62, 2009, pp. 36-51.