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Watanabe Seitei, Wisteria and Old Willow Tree

A diptych, color on silk, with a box signed and sealed by Kawafune Misao, artist's seal woven into the mount and Futai

Judging by the seals, this work dates to the 1890’s-early 1900’s, a time symbolic of Seitei's maturation period. Sharing a subtle red tinted background, the work juxtaposes bold and vibrant wisteria with a minimalistic, withered willow and, as a night heron perches on its branch, the impeccable realism of the work evinces Seitei's characteristic eye for detail. Opening April 25,we will exhibit this work at our upcoming exhibition, Seitei, Zeshin and Kyosai: Japanese Art at the Paris and Philadelphia Expositions.

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