|Artist||Ohara Koson [Shoson; Hoson] (1877-1945)|
|Dimensions||Vertical mitsugiri-ban [~15 x 6 inches]|
Artist Seal: Koson
Reference: 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. 138, pl. 135.
A beautiful example of Koson's Flying Bats and the Full Moon. The print shows two silhouettes of flying bats in a full moon night. The old Japanese name for a bat was "henfuku", which contained the word, "fuku" meaning happiness, therefore the bat was considered a lucky symbol in Japanese culture.
Ohara Koson (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, whose name he adopted as his artist go. During his career he changed his name to Shoson and Hoson. So when you read Ohara Shoson or Ohara Hoson or the other way round as Shoson Ohara or Hoson Ohara, don't be confused. It is the same artist.
Kacho-e is the Japanese word for prints of birds and flowers. And Koson Ohara is the best-known printmaker for kacho-e in the twentieth century. At lifetime his prints were exported in large numbers to the United States.
Condition: 'Made in Japan' stamp to verso, some minor creasing to top margin.