Monkey Hanging From a Thin Bamboo Twig Observing a Fly

Method Woodblock (nishiki-e)
Artist Ohara Koson [Shoson; Hoson] (1877-1945)
Published c. 1910
Dimensions Ôtanzakuban [~15.6 x 6.7 inches]
Notes Seal: Koson (K.b1)
Publisher: Daikokuya
References: Amy Reigle Newland, Jan Perree, and Robert Schaap, 'Crows, Cranes, and Camellias' (Leiden: Hotei Publishing, 2001), K 41.28.

An entertaining print depicting a monkey hanging on a bamboo branch watching a small fly at the bottom of the image.

Koson Ohara (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: Trimmed to image.
Framing mounted
Price £1,600.00
Stock ID 51414