Ohara Shoson - Known primarily for his kacho-e (bird and flower subjects), Shoson produced a number of nature prints in the early 20th century. Early in his life, he studied painting at the Shijo School under the artist Susuki Kason. When Watanabe reopened after the devastating 1923 earthquake, he recruited Japan’s premiere shin-hanga artists to help rebuild the woodblock print business, including Ohara Shoson. Watanabe began publishing Shoson’s prints in 1926. Shoson’s work became quite popular with the Western market, especially in the United States. During his lifetime, Shoson used several different "go" or artist names, including Shoson, Koson, and Hoson. His lovely shin-hanga kacho-e are widely regarded as the best of the genre.
Comments - Beautiful design of two tits perched on the branch of a tree, with red ivy growing up the rugged trunk of a tree running diagonally across the page. Other trees in the rendered in gray silhouette in the background against a softly shaded gray sky. A lovely, atmospheric image.
Signed - Koson
Publisher - Daikokuya
Artist - Ohara Shoson (1877 - 1945)
Image Size - 13 3/8" x 7 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Small wrinkle and slight rippling at edges, a few small spots.