Shoson (1877 - 1945), "Egret on Snow-Covered Branch"
|Title||Egret on Snow-Covered Branch|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Reference No||CCC #156 (Full page illustration, pg. 152)|
|Size||15 x 6 -3/4 "|
Notes: One of the artist's most iconic designs. The cover image for the jacket illustration of the first edition of Crows, Cranes & Camellias, Hotei Publishing, 2001.
A little egret is poised on one leg on a snow-covered tree trunk of a willow, snowflakes fall against a black night sky. This is one of the most highly valued designs by Koson; Richard Illing describes the print as "a masterpiece of graphic art". The print is executed in black; various shades of grey with touches of colour in the bird's leg, beak and eyes. Gauffrage (Blind-stamping) has been employed on the feathers in combination with a pale shade of brown. The snowflakes have been created by unprinted areas in the black background. The result is very effective and dramatic. - CCC pg. 152.