you have 0 items in your cart



Availability: 1 available

Artist: Ohara Koson 
Cormorants at Coast
c. 1930s, published by Nishinomiya Yosaku, with publisher's seal in left margin
Size: full oban, approx.
11.3" x 17.4"
Condition: VG, minor toning from folio, otherwise no flaws, uncirculated print, never framed
Impression: Fine, solid key lines, nice surface texture, tight registration
Color: Fine, deep saturated color and bleed through to verso
Documentation: Crows, Cranes and Camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson 1877-1945, page 142, illustration 141

About Ohara Koson (1877-1945)
Koson, who also went by the art names of Shoson and Hoson, began his career in the studio of Suzuki Kason where he painted flora and fauna scenes from 1895-1902, and gradually became known as a nihon-ga painter in the kacho-ga (nature print) genre. During the Russo-Japanese war Koson produced senso-e (war prints), but the vast majority of his early prints (1900 -1912) were nature prints designed for the North American and European markets for the publishers Kokkeido and Daikokuya. These prints were all signed "Koson". Between 1912-1926 Koson returned to painting, but using the name Shoson, he continued to design woodblock prints, this time in collaboration with Watanabe Shozaburo. Koson also produced a series of prints using the name "Hoson” that were published by Kawaguchi between 1930-1931.
While Koson's prints were always sold abroad, his ascendancy as the greatest Japanese kacho-e artist of the 20th century was assured by the success of the 1930 and 1936 Toledo Museum shin hanga exhibitions. More prints by Koson were sold during these shows than any other artist, due to their artistic merit and relative price in comparison with of the works of the other shin hanga artsits. Koson’s career peaked in the mid-1930's. His work is realistic, based mainly on his own sketches and watercolors