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Koson - SOLD

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Artist: Ohara Koson
Title:
Dancing Fox
Date:
published 1910 by Daikokuya 
Size: approx. 7.5" x 14.6"
Condition: VG, uncirculated, no flaws
Impression: Fine, solid key lines, tight registration, and good surface texture
Color: Fine, deep saturated color with bleed through to verso
Provenance: Robert O. Muller estate

About Ohara Koson (1877-1945)
Koson, who also went by the art names of Shoson and Hoson, began his career in the studio of Suzuki Kason where he painted flora and fauna scenes from 1895-1902, and gradually became known as a nihon-ga painter in the kacho-ga (nature print) genre. During the Russo-Japanese war Koson produced senso-e (war prints), but the vast majority of his early prints (1900 -1912) were nature prints designed for the North American and European markets for the publishers Kokkeido and Daikokuya. These prints were all signed "Koson". Between 1912-1926 Koson returned to painting, but using the name Shoson, he continued to design woodblock prints, this time in collaboration with Watanabe Shozaburo. Koson also produced a series of prints using the name "Hoson” that were published by Kawaguchi between 1930-1931.
While Koson's prints were always sold abroad, his ascendancy as the greatest Japanese kacho-e artist of the 20th century was assured by the success of the 1930 and 1936 Toledo Museum shin hanga exhibitions. More prints by Koson were sold during these shows than any other artist, due to their artistic merit and relative price in comparison with of the works of the other shin hanga artsits. Koson’s career peaked in the mid-1930's. His work is realistic, based mainly on his own sketches and watercolors