Snow on Willow Bridge
(Yanagibashi no yuki)
a beautiful impression embellished with a spray of white gofun, signed at lower left Shoson, with artist's seal Shoson, and publisher's seal on lower left margin, Hanken shoyu Watanabe Shozaburo (Copyright Watanabe Shozaburo [ca. 1924-30]), ca. 1927
dai oban tate-e 15 1/4 by 10 3/8 in., 38.6 by 26.2 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. His prints are generally not dated and frequently without publisher seals.
Kendall H. Brown & Hollis Goodall-Cristante, Shin-Hanga, New Prints in Modern Japan, LACMA, 1996, p. 81, fig. 109, cat. 89 and p. 34 (detail)
Amy Reigle Newland, Jan Perree, & Robert Schapp, Crows, Cranes & Camellias: the Natural World of Ohara Koson, 1877-1945, Hotei Publishing, 2001, p. 159, no. 166
Carolyn Putney, et. al., Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, Toledo Museum of Art, 2013, p. 226, cat. no. 201
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