Koson (1877 - 1945), "Egret in Storm"
|Title||Egret in Storm|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Publisher||Daikokuya (no. 82)|
|Reference No||CCC; plate #58|
|Size||14 -1/4 x 7 -1/4"|
Notes: Still tipped in the original "Robert Lee Gallery" mount. Stamped on the reverse, "Made in Japan".
In 1940, Robert Muller purchased the inventory of the Shima Art Company in New York. Muller retained the manager, William Lee, and renamed the business, the Robert Lee Gallery. Shortly after Pearl Harbor, the joint venture was closed after just two years.
An egret flies below a willow tree during a severe storm, in this rarely seen Koson design. Various species of the willow grow throughout Japan, and they are widely appreciated for their graceful form.