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Watanabe Shōtei [1851-1918]


[From the Community Collection, a public trust in Agincourt, Iowa]

WATANABE Seitei (Shōtei) (渡辺 省亭) [1851–1918]

“Starling and Karasu-uri”


five-color woodcut / 7 5/8 inches by 11 3/4 inches (image) / unnumbered edition

Watanabe was among the first Japanese artists to visit the West, initially to Paris and then the United States. “Karasu-uri” (烏瓜) is Japanese for a crow’s gourd or what in English is a snake gourd.

This uneditioned print was a bequest from the estate of Tadao Ito.

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