Owl on Gingko Branch (Scops Owl Under Crescent Moon) 1915
Woodblock Print on Paper
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About the Art
Skillfully executed “bokashi” shading throughout; nicely visible woodgrain entire background; the crescent moon’s edges, owl, and ginko leaves raised in “gauffrage”; “burnishing” to owl’s black eyes; sharp key-lines, much fine detailing.
A delightful image of a little scops owl perched on a ginko tree beneath a thin crescent moon.
About the Artist
Ohara Koson – (1877 – 1945) was a Japanese painter and printmaker of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, part of the shin-hanga (new prints) movement. He was born Ohara Matao in Kanazawa, Japan. It is thought that he started training in painting and design at the Ishikawa Prefecture Technical School in 1889-1893. He also studied painting with Suzuki Kason (1860-1919), although accounts differ on whether this happened during his school years or after he moved to Tokyo in the middle to late 1890s. In Tokyo, he produced some woodblock triptychs illustrating episodes of the Russo-Japanese War, but most of his production was prints of animals (kacho-ga). He worked at first with publishers Akiyama Buemon (Kokkeido) and Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya), signing his work Koson. Starting around 1926, he became associated with the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo, and signed his work Shoson. He also worked with the publisher Kawaguchi, signing his works Hoson. Through his association with Watanabe, Oharas work was exhibited abroad, and his prints sold well, particularly in the United States. He was active designing prints until at least 1935, and died at his home in Tokyo in 1945.
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