1877 - 1945
Egrets - 1926
Signed Shōson +S.a.
Size: ōban: mm 383 x 258
Publisher: Watanabe Shōzaburō, 1926
Edition of 200 issued in 1926
Fine impression, quality and condition, printed with refined ‘Karazuri’ effects in the plumage and with extensive ‘wood-grain’.
In fine condition.
Published in: Amy Reigle Newland, Jan Perrée, Robert Schaap ‘Crows, Cranes & Camellias, the natural world of Ohara Koson 1877-1945’, 2010, cat. n. 155, p. 151.
Comments on: Ohara Koson
Originally named Ohara Matao, the Japanese painter Ohara Koson studied painting and design in his native Kanazawa. He subsequently adopted the name Koson from his teacher Suzuki Kason. In the mid 1890s Koson moved to Tokyo, a city where Western influences were increasingly prevalent. He taught at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts, but was encouraged by Ernest Fenollosa to design woodblock prints. His subjects were invariably from nature. Koson changed his name after 1910 to Shoson, and later again to Hoson. Ohara Koson is considered by many to be the foremost 20th century designer of bird and flower prints, or kacho-e. His designs were produced in prolific numbers for a primarily Western market.