|Artist||Ohara Koson [Shoson; Hoson] (1877-1945)|
|Dimensions||Tanzakuban. 14 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches (368 x 190 mm)|
Seal: Koson (K.c.)
Published by Daikokuya (Matsuki Heikichi).
References: Amy Reigle Newland, Jan Perree, and Robert Schaap, 'Crows, Cranes, and Camellias' (Leiden: Hotei Publishing, 2001), K 22.5
An excellent impression of Koson's depiction of a Lapwing or Pyewipe.
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.