Keinen: Chasing cat
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Imao Keinen (1845-1924)

A cat with a collar chases a rat, of which only the dangling tail can be seen.

Signature: Keinen. Seal: Keinen

Date: 1913?

Original Japanese colour woodblock print. Size: 19,7 x 26,3 cm (image), 24 x 32 cm (overall)

Excellent impression and colours. Unbacked, with wide margins. Paper a little age-toned, bottom right corner a little bit brownish and creased. Four small binding holes in right margin filled, a short tear backed from verso, an oblong paper damage in the image professionally restored.
A rare print by the artist, who is mainly known for his flower and bird prints. Likely from the large-sized picture book "Shônen Keinen gafu", published by Yamada Naosaburô (Unsôdô, Kyoto) in 1913, which contains pictures by Keinen and his contemporary Suzuki Shônen (1848-1918).