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 - Handsome scene of starlings in flight as rain begins to fall, a few drops slanting across the gray sky. Nicely detailed with soft shading on the sky, and attractive woodgrain impression. The first time we've seen this striking kacho-e or birds and flowers print by Shoson.
Signed - Koson, with red artist's seal "Koson"
Publisher - Daikokuya
Artist - Ohara Shoson (1877 - 1945)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 7 1/2" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. A few creases. Please see photos for details.