Mouse and Grapes, 1910, signed by artist.
From the Collection of Robert O. Muller
Seitei Watanabe (1851-1918) began to study art at the age of sixteen, and for a short period he worked in the studio of Shibata Zeshin. Seitei contributed handicraft work to the Paris Exhibition of 1878, and afterward remained in Paris for three years to study European style painting. When he returned to Japan in 1881, he continued to contribute to exhibitions of Japanese art and handicraft outside the country and won several awards for painting. Seitei was one of the pioneers of kuchi-e, woodblock-printed frontispiece illustrations produced for publication in Japanese novels and literary magazines in the late 19th century
Here is another little treasure, signed, 1966, Japanese watercolor and pen. This reminded me of a Manet still life painting.
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