Artwork Details for Shoson, Ohara (1877-1945)- Koson "Wasps And Flowering Hortensia (Hydrangeas)"

Shoson, Ohara (1877-1945)- Koson - Wasps And Flowering Hortensia (Hydrangeas)

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Wasps And Flowering Hortensia (Hydrangeas)
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:Wasps And Flowering Hortensia (Hydrangeas)
Publisher:Watanabe - 渡辺
Medium:Woodblock - 木版画
Format:Oban - 大判, 24.1 x 36.3cm (image size)
Condition:Condition is fine with age appropriate toning and printers wrinkles in the margins. Left margin has two drying holes.
Price:$800 (EMS Express worldwide shipping: $40)
Artwork Code:13545-Ohara_Shoson
Notes:This artwork is available for purchase from my colleague in Santa Fe, USA.

This rare print has embossing (gaufrage) on the flowers, foliage, wasps and their nest. The delicate pinks and blues of the blossoms are a fine example of bokashi shading

This edition bears the 6mm seal (lower right corner) used between 1946-57.

Literature: S40.4, P. 210 in Crows, Cranes and Camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson 1877-1945.

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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