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Mallard Ducks in Coastal Scene

Mallard Ducks in Coastal Scene
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: Mallard Ducks in Coastal Scene
Date 1st edition?1931
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: 28693
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:

Koson, Ohara- water birds- 1.jpg is:

Mallards in Coastal Scene

Artist: Koson
Format: Oban tate-e: 15.25" x 10.25"

Subject: Nine Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), one standing on a rock, gather near a bank covered in Pampas grass. This is one of the few dated designs of the artist's work (in this case Showa 6[1931]). It is unusual within Koson's oeuvre in that it includes a detailed landscape element. This style is more in keeping with the work of other Watanabe artists such as Kawase Hasui and Kasamatsu Shiro. See 'Crows, Cranes & Camellias' # S7.2 page 146, Cat. 146 page 146.

Publisher: Watanabe

Date: 1931

Condition: Very fine colors. Full size with margins. Very minor marks and flaws. Generally fine state of preservation.

Impression: Very 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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