Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Print du Jour

Our favourite print today is this stunning kacho-e woodblock by Japanese artist Ohara Koson [Shoson; Hoson] (1877-1945).

Defining the representations of birds or flowers in Japanese art, kacho-e images can be some of the most compositionally sublime of the various genres within Japanese printmaking.  These stunning graphic prints have a timeless quality and seem as contemporary today as they did during the last century.

We stock a range of original kacho-e woodblock prints with prices starting at just £35 alongside an ever expanding collection of  Japanese prints from as early as c. 1810.

Please visit our website to browse through the varying sections.

Crow and Cherry Blossoms
Ohara Koson [Shoson; Hoson] (1877-1945)
n.d. c. 1910

Seal: Artist's seal Koson
Publisher: Daikokuya.

Refrence: Newland, Amy R.; Jan Perrée & Robert Schaap, "Crows, cranes & camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson", Leiden: Hotei Publishing, 2001, ISBN 90-74822-38-x, - pg. 70. Pl.46.

Ohara Koson [Shoson; Hoson] (1877-1945) was born in Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture in the North of Japan with the given name Ohara Matao. He had studied painting as a student of Suzuki Koson. He is best known for his kacho-e or wildlife prints, of which his designs were produced in prolific numbers for a primarily Western market and range from images of haunting realism to humorous depictions of animals at play.

Condition: Excellent. Full sheet with margins

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