Method Woodblock (nishiki-e)
Artist Ito Sozan (1884-)
Published c. 1920
Dimensions Ôtanzakuban [~15.6 x 6.7 inches]
Notes Artist seal: Sozan
Reference: Novelli, Mauro, Itō Sōzan, itosozan.com, TA-05.

A beautiful pre-quake kacho-e print depicting a hydrangea on a plain grey backdrop. A small frog appears on a leaf to the left of the the main hydrangea flower head.

Ito Sozan was a lesser known print designer in the large group of artists who worked for the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo. His speciality was bird and flower prints, or kacho-e, although he also designed some bijin-ga prints. Sozan began working with Watanabe in 1919 and continued to design prints through to 1926. This happens to be the same year that another kacho-e artist, Ohara Shoson (also known as Ohara Koson), started working for Watanabe. It is not known if Shoson was hired to replace Sozan, or why Sozan stopped designing prints at this time. Watanabe's 1936 catalogue included 28 prints by Sozan, but Watanabe did not provide any biographical information on him.

Condition: Small chip to the top right corner, not affecting image.
Framing mounted
Price £600.00
Stock ID 51404