Artwork Details for Shoson, Ohara (1877-1945)- Koson "Two Swimming Geese"


Shoson, Ohara (1877-1945)- Koson - Two Swimming Geese

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Two Swimming Geese
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:Two Swimming Geese (1)
Date:1928 (this item: 1929 to 1942)
Publisher:Watanabe - 渡辺
Medium:Woodblock - 木版画
Format:Oban - 大判, 15.5 x 10.3 inches (sheet size)
Condition:Near-pristine impression and condition. Full margins; No tears, folds, creases, stains, or foxing. Two small smudges in water at lower left. Never been framed.
Price: Sold
Artwork Code:9347-Ohara_Shoson
Notes:From the reknown collection of the late Robert Muller. A gorgeous kacho-e scene of two white geese swimming, by Shoson Ohara (also known as Koson). This print stands as a testament to the creative skills of the woodblock print carver and printer, who have given 3-D life to this scene by using strong kara-zuri (embossing, blind printing) to the geese and water (see example image). Stunningly beautiful! This rare pre-war strike has been well preserved - it is in near-pristine condition. Artist signature and seal at upper left. "Made in Japan" seal on verso. Watanabe C seal in the right margin.
(1) This artwork is either untitled or the title is unknown.
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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