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Two Crows and the Moon

Two Crows and the Moon
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: Two Crows and the Moon
Series: 
Date 1st edition?1936 (circa)
Date of this artwork?c1936 (may not be accurate)
Publisher 1st edition?Not Set
Publisher (this edition)?Not Set
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Mitsugiri
Format (this edition): Mitsugiri
DB artwork code: 32711
Notes (1st edition)?
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:

Title Two Crows and the Moon
Artist Koson Ohara 1877-1945
Signature Shoson
Seal shoson
Dated ca. 1936
Period Shin hanga
Impression excellent ... printed on a soft pliable Japanese paper
Colors excellent
Condition very good ... light toning, lower left edge somewhat discolored
Rating 2 = very good
Description Two crows are flying in a full moon night
Width 15.4 inches = 39.0 cm
Height 6.9 inches = 17.5 cm
Literature Newland, Amy R.; Jan Perrée & Robert Schaap, "Crows, cranes & camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson", Leiden: Hotei Publishing, 2001, ISBN 90-74822-38-x, - pg.149, pl.151

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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