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 - Shoson’s stunning image of five white herons in the falling snow is one of his very best. The beautiful herons stand in contrast to the softly shaded blue background. The feathers on the birds are beautifully embossed. This is a fantastic Shoson image.
Signed - Shoson, with red "Shoson" artist's seal
Publisher - Watanabe, Heisei seal, later edition from original blocks
Artist - Ohara Koson (Shoson) (1877 - 1945)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 9 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.