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Frog Sumo

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Frog Sumo
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: Frog Sumo
Series: 
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: 41928
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 Frog Sumo
rare - provenance: Robert O. Muller estate
Artist Koson Ohara 1877-1945
Signature Hoson.
Seal Artist's seal.
Dated Ca. 1930s.
Publisher Kawaguchi.
Medium/Technique Woodblock print.
Impression Excellent.
Colors Excellent - very good … Mica background.
Condition Very good … Slight toning. Slightly creased. Slight discoloration on the upper left margin.
Description Two frogs fight against each other while the others watch the sumo wrestling.
Note "Made in Japan" stamped verso. Carver Maeda, printer Komatsu. Provenance: Robert O. Muller Estate.
Format Oban tate-e
Width Item 14.2 inches = 36.0 cm
Height Item 10.6 inches = 27.0 cm

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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