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Herons in the Rain

Edo Period (1600-1868)
15 x 9 1/2 in. (38.1 x 24.1 cm)

Japan (Kyoto, 1822 - 1877)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Woodcut
Credit Line: Education Fund
Accession Number: 1930.25
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Komori Soseki designed kacho-e, or “bird and flower prints,” during the 1920s and early 1930s. Although little is known about his life, Komori Soseki’s work, like that of the artist Yoshida Hiroshi seen at the left, represents the shin-hanga, or “new print,” movement in Japan after the end of the Meiji period in 1912. Shin-hanga artists worked in the traditional manner: they created art, primarily of characteristically Japanese subject matter, which was then produced as a print by a publisher rather than the artist himself.

Even though kacho-e prints were not as favored by Japanese collectors as the earlier ukiyo-e prints of landscapes and actors, they were very popular with Western collectors and became lucrative exports for Japanese publishers.

[Gallery label text, 2006]

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