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


Shoson, Ohara (1877-1945)- Koson - Two Rabbits

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Two Rabbits
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 Rabbits
Date:1930s (this item: 1946 to 1957)
Publisher:Watanabe - 渡辺
Medium:Woodblock - 木版画
Format:Oban - 大判, 26 x 38cm (sheet size)
Condition:Pristine impression and condition. Full margins. No tears, creases, folds, foxing or stains. Beautiful heavy embossing to the rabbits' fur, giving the image a 3D appearance. Very faint tape mark at top margin edge.
Price: Sold
Artwork Code:9348-Ohara_Shoson
Notes:This is a gorgeous early post-war strike in oban tate-e format by Shoson Ohara. Shoson's black signature and red seal are in the lower left of the image, as is the Watanabe 6mm 'I' publisher's seal (used from 1946 to 1957). The two pinholes in the left margin are original to the print (used for drying the washi paper).
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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