|Artist||Ohara Koson [Shoson; Hoson] (1877-1945)|
|Published||1927 [c. 1946 impression]|
|Dimensions||Vertical ôban [~14 x 9 inches]|
Artist Signature: Shoson
Artist Seal: Shoson
Publisher Seal: Round Watanabe 6mm
Reference: Newland, Amy Reigle. Crows, Cranes & Camellias: The natural world of Ohara Koson 1877-1945: pl. S44.3
A fine post-war impression of one of Koson's most famous landscape prints, with fine bokashi shading, gaufrage and over-layed gofun snow.
Two women with umbrellas cross a bridge over the river Sumidagawa in a heavy snowfall. The print illustrates the Yanagi-Bashi over the Kanda near its convergence with the Sumida. Independent landscape scenes are only a small group in Koson's work. This image in its great simplicity and effective use of only a few colours, is one of his most beautiful designs. The original edition of 300 was issued by Watanabe in 1927, this impression has the Watanabe H-type seal, the so-called "gift seal", used by Watanabe for private publications, gift prints and artist proofs.
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: Hand applied gofun.