Shôun: Snipe at dusk
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Yamamoto Shôun (1870-1965)

A snipe at dusk in the shallow waters of the bank, beneath flowering lotus plants.

Signature: Shôun

Publisher: (Matsuki Heikichi, Daikoku-ya, Tokyo?)

Date: c. 1900-1910

Format: Horizontal Koban, 9 x 13,9 cm (image), 15 x 20,5 cm (overall)

Very fine and crisp impression with excellent colours and embossing. Printed on strong paper with wide margins. Paper minimally age-toned, 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.