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Running Water and Chysanthemums

Running Water and Chysanthemums
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: Running Water and Chysanthemums
Series: 
Date 1st edition?Not set
Publisher 1st edition?Watanabe Shozaburo 渡辺
Publisher (this edition)?Watanabe Shozaburo 渡辺
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 34556
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:

Ohara Shoson - "Running Water and Chysanthemums"

Showa 6 (1931)

Shoson (or Koson as he was also known) was publishing prints with Watanabe, along with contemporaries Hasui, Kasamatsu and Yoshida.

Original atozuri wooblock print (later edition from original blocks).

Oban size print on thick, modern washi.

Image size: 23.7cm (W) x 36.2cm (H)

Another very fine reprint; Superbly excecuted, the matt black which appears extensively in this image is one of the greatest tests of a printer's ability. Very good registration and impression with good bleedthrough of pigment to verso.

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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