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Artist: Ohara Koson  (signed Shoson)
Title:
Snow on Willow Bridge
Date:
1927, published by S. Watanabe, with Watanabe "A" seal (used between 1924 and 1930); first edition
Size: full oban, approx. 10.375" x 15.25"
Condition: VG, no stains, no foxing, no soils, small repair in upper right corner in margin
Impression: Fine, solid key lines, nice surface texture including gofun to indicate some of the falling snow and gauffrage to indicate accumulating snow on the bridge an tree branches, tight registration
Color: Fine, deep saturated color and bleed through to verso, goffun used to create part of the snow
Documentation: S44.3 in Crows, Cranes and Camellias: The Natural world of Ohara Koson 1877-1945, page 159
Notes: Two women with an umbrella cross a bridge over the river, Sumidagawa, in a heavy snowfall. This print illustrates the yanagibashi ("theWillow Bridge") over the river Kanda near its convergence with the Sumida. Independent landscape scenes comprise only a small number of Koson's work. This image, in its simplicity and effective use of only a few colors, is one of his most beautiful designs.   — from Crows, Cranes and Camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson 1877-1945