Ohara Koson Animal Print - Bats Against a Full Moon
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Ohara Koson
Bats Against a Full Moon

1933

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Bats Against a Full Moon. 1933.Otanzaku: 13 7/8 x 7 1/8 (sheet 14 1/2 x 7 7/16). Publisher: Daikokuya. Illustrated: Newland an Uhlenbeck, Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga, p. 201; Newland et al. Crows, Cranes & Camellias ,p. 138, checklist K41.3, catalog 135. "Made in Japan" stamp verso. A fine impression with subtle "bokashi" shading; light "gauffrage" to outline of moon, bats, and tree. Good original condition. An extremely rare image. Signed and sealed Shoson. Housed in an original 19 x 11 1/8-inch mat. Two bats circle a willow tree, one silhouetted against a full moon. Koson Ohara was born in 1877 in Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture in the North of Japan with the given name Ohara Matao. He had studied Japanese painting as an art 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. Koson Ohara died in 1945 in Tokyo. Ohara Koson was the most famous shin hanga designer of bird and flower prints (kacho-e). Koson's prints were designed for Western tastes and were exported to the United States and Europe where they met with great success. His work has only recently received attention in his native Japan following the discovery of important reference material including original sketches and paintings for his prints.

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  • Condition
    Good
  • Dimensions
    H 19 in. x W 11.13 in. x D .5 in.H 48.26 cm x W 28.28 cm x D 1.27 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Storrs, CT
  • Reference Number
    LU33523923192
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