by Ito Sozan (active 1919 - 1926)
A Fuji Arts Special Offer Auction
Two Macaws, 1925 - Striking kacho-e or birds and flowers print of two macaws perched on the branch of a leafy tree. The deep blue and red plumage of the birds creates a lovely contrast with the softly shaded background and the more muted tone of the leaves. Ito Sozan specialized in kacho-e, and worked with the publisher Watanabe from 1919 to 1926. Sozan's prints are rarely seen on the market. A lovely shin-hanga design.
Please note, this is a "crepe" print, known in Japanese as "chirimen-gami-e," which literally means "compressed thread paper print." After the woodblock was printed in the traditional manner, the print went through a mechanical process that added a crinkled texture while also reducing the size considerably. The print was dampened and layered with a cardboard mold incised with parallel lines, then wrapped around an upright wooden post on a lever press. An opening in the lever fit over the post, and when pressed down over post, compressed the paper into the incised lines on the cardboard mold. This process would be repeated as many as 10 or more times, with the print slightly reoriented each time to achieve a uniform, highly textured, crinkled appearance similar to crepe paper.
Signed - Sozan, with red artist's seal "Sozan"
Publisher - Watanabe
Artist - Ito Sozan (active 1919 - 1926)
Image Size - 12 7/8" x 5 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Print is creped (see description). Slight paper remnants on reverse at top edge from previous mounting. Slight toning, a few creases. Please see photos for details.
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