Artist: Muto Katei
Title: Evening at Futomi, Boshu
Date: 1954, published by Watanabe, signed and sealed by the artist at the lower left in the print, 6mm Watanabe publisher's seal in red in lower right corner; 1st edition
Size: oban approx. 10.5" x 15.5"
Condition: Fine, no flaws, uncirculated print, never framed
Impression: Fine, solid key lines, tight registration, and good surface texture
Color: Fine, deep saturated color with bleed through to verso
Comments: The prints of Muto Katei are rarely found on the market
About Muto Katei
After WWII the workshop of Shozaburo Watanabe continued its association with several of its pre-war artists (most noteably Kawase Hasui and Ito Shinsui), and added new ones including Ide Gakusui, Kikuchi Ryoji, and Muto Katei. Other than his birth year of 1910, little is known of the artist Muto Katei who designed this rarely seen Hasui-esque print of the village Futomi at nightfall.