Small Songbird and Large Flowering Lotus

by Ohara Shoson (1877 - 1945)

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Small Songbird and Large Flowering Lotus by Ohara Shoson (1877 - 1945)

Original Ohara Shoson (1877 - 1945) Japanese Woodblock Print
Small Songbird and Large Flowering Lotus

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 kacho-e or birds and flowers design of a small songbird perched on the stalk of a lotus, peering around the leaf. The pink blossom and bud are detailed with soft shading and delicate line work on the petals. A rivulet of water falls from the edge of the leaf at left. A lovely example of Shoson's nature designs. br>
Signed - Koson, with red "Koson" seal
Publisher - Unsodo, later edition

Artist - Ohara Shoson (1877 - 1945)

Image Size - 13 5/8" x 7 13/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Excellent color and detail. No issues to report.

Small Songbird and Large Flowering Lotus by Ohara Shoson (1877 - 1945)
Small Songbird and Large Flowering Lotus by Ohara Shoson (1877 - 1945)