Artwork Details for Shoson, Ohara (1877-1945)- Koson "Wild Geese and Reed"


Shoson, Ohara (1877-1945)- Koson - Wild Geese and Reed - 蘆雁之図

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Wild Geese and Reed - 蘆雁之図
by Shoson, Ohara (1877-1945)- Koson - 小原祥邨-小原古邨

Artist:Shoson, Ohara (1877-1945)- Koson - 小原祥邨-小原古邨
Title:Wild Geese and Reed - 蘆雁之図
Date:1934
Publisher:Self
Medium:Scroll/Makuri roll - 掛軸ーまくり
Format:Long scroll - 掛軸, 61 x 200cm
Artwork Code:9230-Ohara_Shoson
Notes:Hand painted on silk. Wood end roller. Complete with original artist signed and sealed scroll box. Thanks to Tosh Doi for this explanation:

(1) Scroll box text "還暦叟" reads as "KAN REKI SOU (or OKINA)" in Japanese, which means "Sixty year old man"

"祥邨題●" (簽?:hard to identify)reads as "SHOU SON DAI ●● (SEN?)" which means "written or titled by Shouson"


The first square red chop is difficult to read, but second one is "SHOU SON" or "羊" (right half part) and "邨" (left half part).


(2) Scroll box text "蘆雁之図" reads as "RO GAN NO ZU" meaning "Wild Geese and Reed" as its title.


(3) Painting text: the drawing date was in "昭和九年初秋" or early autumn in 1934.


As Ohara Shouson was born on Feb. 9, 1877 and died on Jan. 4, 1945, the actual year of his sixtieth birthday or "還暦" should be in 1937. But in Japan, especially during the pre-war period, they made it a custom to count his age in an accelerated manner. In Shouson's case, he added one year at his birth and an additional one year at each change of an era (from Meiji to Taisho and from Taisho to Showa, thus an extra two years). Therefore he wrote his "還暦" in 1934, thus there is no discrepancy in the dating of this scroll.

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Artist Biography:
Ohara Koson (小原 古邨?, Kanazawa 1877 ? Tokyo 1945) was a Japanese painter and printmaker of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, part of the shin-hanga ("new prints") movement.

He was born Ohara Matao; it is thought that he started training in painting and design at the Ishikawa Prefecture Technical School in 1889-1893. He also studied painting with Suzuki Kason (1860 ? 1919), although accounts differ on whether this happened during his school years or after he moved to Tokyo in the middle to late 1890s.

In Tokyo, he produced some woodblock triptychs illustrating episodes of the Russo-Japanese War, but most of his production was prints of animals (kacho-ga). He worked at first with publishers Akiyama Buemon (Kokkeido?) and Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya), signing his work Koson. Starting around 1926, he became associated with the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo, and signed his work Shoson. He also worked with the publisher Kawaguchi, signing his works Hoson.

Through his association with Watanabe, Ohara's work was exhibited abroad, and his prints sold well, particularly in the United States. He was active designing prints until at least 1935, and died at his home in Tokyo in 1945. (from Wikipedia)

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