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An Eagle in a Snowstorm

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An Eagle in a Snowstorm
by Shoson Ohara (1877-1945)- Koson

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Artist: Shoson Ohara (1877-1945)- Koson 小原祥邨、小原古邨
Title: An Eagle in a Snowstorm
Series: 
Date 1st edition?1933
Publisher 1st edition?Watanabe 渡辺
Publisher (this edition)?Watanabe 渡辺
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 31140
Notes (1st edition)?Koson, using the artist name "Shoson", began working with Watanabe in 1927, designing prints depicting birds and flowers. Watanabe took many of the works to the Toledo Exhibition in 1930 and again in 1936.
Notes (this edition)?The following information was taken from the original web listing of this artwork. Often written by non-experts, there may be inaccuracies:

Sunday, 5 February 2006

Title Eagle in Flight against a Snowy Sky
provenance: Robert O. Muller Estate
Artist Koson Ohara 1877-1945
Signature Shoson
Dated 1933
Publisher Watanabe
Medium/Technique Woodblock print
Impression excellent
Colors excellent - very good
Condition excellent - very good … light toning, two needle size holes on the left margin, the upper right margin corner and the lower left margin corner lightly creased.
Description Large eagle flies in the snow falling sky. Very effective "baren" works to show the large snow flakes and the stormy weather.
Note Provenance: Robert O. Muller Collection.
Format Oban tate-e
Width Item 10.5 inches = 26.7 cm
Height Item 15.7 inches = 39.8 cm

Artist Bio: Ohara Koson (小原 古邨?, Kanazawa 1877 ? Tokyo 1945) was a Japanese painter and printmaker of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, part of the shin-hanga ("new prints") movement.

He was born Ohara Matao; it is thought that he started training in painting and design at the Ishikawa Prefecture Technical School in 1889-1893. He also studied painting with Suzuki Kason (1860 ? 1919), although accounts differ on whether this happened during his school years or after he moved to Tokyo in the middle to late 1890s.

In Tokyo, he produced some woodblock triptychs illustrating episodes of the Russo-Japanese War, but most of his production was prints of animals (kacho-ga). He worked at first with publishers Akiyama Buemon (Kokkeido?) and Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya), signing his work Koson. Starting around 1926, he became associated with the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo, and signed his work Shoson. He also worked with the publisher Kawaguchi, signing his works Hoson.

Through his association with Watanabe, Ohara's work was exhibited abroad, and his prints sold well, particularly in the United States. He was active designing prints until at least 1935, and died at his home in Tokyo in 1945. (from Wikipedia)

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