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KOSON - Japanese Woodblock Print - Two bar-tailed Godwits 1926

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KOSON - Japanese Woodblock Print - Two bar-tailed Godwits 1926

OHARA KOSON

Two bar-tailed Godwits


Date: originally published 1926 by Watanabe, this is a later edition made from the first edition wood blocks, signed and sealed Shoson
Size: oban, approx. 10.25" x 15.5"
Condition: Fine, no flaws, uncirculated print, never framed
Impression: Fine, solid key lines, nice surface texture, tight registration
Color: Fine, deep saturated color and bleed through to verso
Documentation: S24.1 in Crows, Cranes and Camellias: The Natural world of Ohara Koson 1877-1945, page 162
Two bar-tailed godwits wade in shallow water near some reeds.

OHARA SHOSON was the student of Suzuki Koson. He painted flora and fauna during the period between 1895-1902, becoming recognized as a nihonga painter of the kacho-ga  (nature print) genre. During the Russo-Japanese war he produced a few senso-e' (war prints). The majority of his early prints (1900-1912) were designed for the foreign market and published by Kokkeido or Daikokuya. All of the prints from this period were signed "Koson." Between 1912-1926 he again devoted himself to painting. Using the name 'Shoson', he returned to the woodblock medium during the 1920s, working primarily with the shin hanga publisher Watanabe. Shoson did produce some prints under the name "Hoson" which were published by Kawaguchi and Sakai between 1930-1931, however the vast majority of his later period prints were published by Watanabe.

While the artists' prints had always been sold abroad, Shoson's success in the West was assured as a result of the 1930 and 1936 Toledo Museum exhibitions. More prints by Shoson were sold during these shows than any other artists' due to their artistic/decorative nature and the fact that they sold for one-quarter the price of the works of Yoshida and others. Shoson reached his peak in the mid 1930's. His work is realistic, based mainly on his own sketches and watercolors. 


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