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Flycatcher and Wisteria

Flycatcher and Wisteria
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: Flycatcher and Wisteria
Date 1st edition?1910 (circa)
Date of this artwork?c1910 (may not be accurate)
Publisher 1st edition?Kokkeido (Akiyama Buemon) - see Akiyama 秋山武右衛門
Publisher (this edition)?Kokkeido (Akiyama Buemon) - see Akiyama 秋山武右衛門
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Mitsugiri
Format (this edition): Mitsugiri
DB artwork code: 34060
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:

Flycatcher and Wisteria

Artist: Koson
Format: O-tanzakuban tate-e: 14.5" x 7.5"

Subject: A blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana) sits on a branch of a Wisteria with a drooping cluster of blue-purple flowers. The Flycatcher is an insectivorous songbird, recognisable by its slender bill fringed with bristles, and in this print it appears intent on the spider below. For a full page color illustration see 'Crows, Cranes & Camellias', cat#18 page 48, K10.1, page 173.

Publisher: Kokkeido (Akiyama Buemon)

Date: c. 1910

Condition: Fine colors. Full size with margins. Light foxing at base and at left. Minor creases, marks and flaws. Generally quite good state of preservation.

Impression: Fine impression with gauffrage.

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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