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Myna bird- Indian Hill Minor and Magnolia

Myna bird- Indian Hill Minor and Magnolia
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: Myna bird- Indian Hill Minor and Magnolia
Date 1st edition?Not set
Publisher 1st edition?Kawaguchi 川口
Publisher (this edition)?Kawaguchi 川口
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 35847
Notes (1st edition)?Title Indian Hill Minor and Magnolia

Artist Koson Ohara 1877-1945
Signature Hoson
Seal hoson
Dated ca. 1930s
Publisher Kawaguchi
Medium/Technique Woodblock print

Description Indian Hill Minor (famous for its talking ability) on white magnolia.
Printer Komatsu, Carver Maeda.
Format Oban tate-e
Width Item 10.8 inches = 27.5 cm
Height Item 14.6 inches = 37.0 cm
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:

Original Japanese kacho-ga woodblock print by Ohara Koson (1877-1945) and probably from the 1920s or 1930s. Myna bird on flowering magnolia branch. Signed Hoson with Hoson red seal. Published by Kawaguchi, engraved by Maeda and printed by Komatsu. A lovely composition, oban size, 15 7/8 x 10 5/8 inches. Very good condition; unframed and not trimmed.

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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