Ohara Koson

Shoson, 1877-1945

Cockatoo and Pomegranate
(Zakuro ni omu)

finely printed with saturated black background and deep karazuri ('blind printing') on the feathers; signed Shoson with artist's seal Shoson, published by Watanabe Shozaburo (no seal), ca. 1930s

dai oban tate-e 15 3/8 by 10 1/4 in., 39.1 by 26 cm

Although this impression is lacking a publisher seal, the texture of the paper, the subtlety of the impression and the comparative scarcity of this design all suggest that this is a pre-war printing.

Amy Newland et. al., Crows, Cranes & Camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson 1877-1945, 2001, p. 200, cat. no. S36.2
Carolyn M. Putney, Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, Toledo Museum of Art, 2013, p. 224, cat. no. 196 (dated 1927, with 300 impressions)

price: Sold


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