Ohara Koson

Shoson, Hoson, 1877-1945

Five Monkeys- Watercolor, Proof and Two Woodblock Prints

watercolor signed Hoson with artist's seal Hoson; keyblock proof signed Hoson; both woodblock prints signed Hoson and sealed Hoson, (final) print with soft yellow background sealed on lower left margin, hori Maeda suri Komatsu, hanken shoyu (carved by Maeda [Kentaro], printed by Komatsu [Wasankichi], copyright), and with publisher's small oval impressed seal on lower right margin, Kawaguchi, ca. 1931

watercolor and proof 15 5/8 by 11 by 10 5/8 in., 39.8 by 28 by 27 cm
peach variant print 14 5/8

The artist Ohara Koson adopted the go (artist's name) Hoson in circa 1930 when he began to collaborate with the publishers Kawaguchi and Sakai (and later just Kawaguchi). Although this print was ultimately released commercially in two variants including this pale yellow background and another with a pale greenish-grey background, neither version is found in the 2001 monograph Crows, Cranes & Camellias.

(inv. no. C-2025)

price: Sold


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