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 - Lovely shin hanga design of two carp swimming past a water plant with delicate white blossoms in the center of radiating leaves. The fish glide quietly beneath the surface, their bodies softly shaded to give them a three-dimensional appearance. A beautiful, serene nature design and a favorite Japanese subject.
Signed - Shoson, with red "Shoson" artist's seal
Publisher - Watanabe, 7mm seal, Heisei seal, later edition from the original blocks
Artist - Ohara Shoson (1877 - 1945)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Excellent overall.