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Koson
Ohara Koson, Shoson, 1877-1945
Group of Egrets

signed Shoson with artist's seal Shoson, with publisher's seal on lower right margin, Hanken shoyu Watanabe Shozaburo (Copyright ownership, Watanabe Shozaburo), ca. 1927
oban tate-e 15 1/4 by 10 1/4 in., 38.6 by 26 cm
Ohara Koson was one of the most important and prolific kacho-ga (bird and flower) woodblock prints artists of the early 20th century shin-hanga (new print) movement. He began publishing prints with Watanabe Shozaburo after the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, around 1926. Before the earthquake, Koson published kacho-ga with Kokkeido (Akiyama Buemon) in Nihonbashi; Daikokuya (Matsuki Heikichi) in Ryogokubashi; and Nishinomiya Yosaku; always using the go (artist's name) Koson. When he began publishing with Watanabe Shozaburo, he adopted the go, Shoson.
Reference:
Amy Reigle Newland; Jan Perree; and Robert Schapp, Crows, Cranes & Camellias: the Natural World of Ohara Koson, 1877-1945, 2001, p. 151, no. 154
Provenance:
From the Collection of the Tsuruoka Family (Kakunen Tsuruoka, 1892-1977)
price: $ 2,900