Koson

Ohara Koson

Shoson, 1877-1945

Egrets in Reeds
(Ashi ni sagi)

signed Shoson with artist's seal Shoson, with publisher's seal on lower left margin, Hanken shoyu Watanabe Shozaburo (Copyright ownership, Watanabe Shozaburo), ca. 1927

oban tate-e 15 by 10 1/8 in., 38 by 25.8 cm

Ohara Koson was one of the most important and prolific kacho-ga (bird and flower) woodblock prints artists of the early 20th century shin-hanga (new print) movement. He began publishing prints with Watanabe Shozaburo after the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, around 1926. Before the earthquake, Koson published kacho-ga with Kokkeido (Akiyama Buemon) in Nihonbashi; Daikokuya (Matsuki Heikichi) in Ryogokubashi; and Nishinomiya Yosaku; always using the go (artist's name) Koson. When he began publishing with Watanabe Shozaburo, he adopted the go, Shoson.

References:
Elvehjam Museum of Art, The Edward Burr Van Vleck Collection of Japanese Prints, 1990, 287, accession no. 1980.2832
Amy Reigle Newland; Jan Perree; and Robert Schapp, Crows, Cranes & Camellias: the Natural World of Ohara Koson, 1877-1945, 2001, p. 151, no. 155
Carolyn M. Putney, Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, Toledo Museum of Art, 2013, p. 214, cat. 181
(inv. no. 10-5159)

price: $3,500 (reserved)

kikumon

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