Koson (1877 - 1945 )

Koson (aka Shoson or Hoson) was born in Kanazawa with the given name Matao Ohara. He began his artistic career studying painting under the Shijo-style master Kason. Around the turn of the century, Koson became a teacher at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts, where he met Ernest Fenollosa, an American collector, scholar and admirer of Japanese art and culture. Around 1905, Koson started to practice Japanese woodblock printing. Fenollosa, the curator of Japanese Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and an adviser to the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, persuaded Koson to export woodblock prints to American art collectors. Between 1900 and 1912, Koson designed mostly kacho-e (bird-and-flower pictures), but also a few Russo-Japanese War prints and genre landscapes.

 

Around 1911, Koson assumed the name “Shoson” and rededicated himself to painting, ceasing printmaking. He returned to Japanese woodblock printing ten years later. By 1926, he met Watanabe and produced prints for him under the name Shoson. Koson changed his name once again, this time to Hoson, when he produced designs collaboratively published by Sakai and Kawaguchi. As Koson used numerous names and seals over the years, dating Koson’s woodblock prints can be difficult. Some of his prints were published in different editions with variations in colors. Koson’s earliest and most coveted designs are notable for their narrow formats and soft colors. His reverence for the natural world is apparent in his meticulous detail and unfailing verisimilitude, yielding designs of an unmatched intimate beauty. Be sure to also take a look at Ronin Gallery's online exhibition, Koson: Birds and Blossoms.

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Crow on Snowy Branch

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Crow on Snowy Branch

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Scop Owl and Crescent Moon Below

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Scop Owl and Crescent Moon Below

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Flight of Two Mallard Ducks in Full Moon Night

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Flight of Two Mallard Ducks in Full Moon Night

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Eight White-Fronted Geese in Flight, a Full Moon Behind

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Eight White-Fronted Geese in Flight, a Full Moon Behind

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Eagle on Snow Covered Pine Tree

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Eagle on Snow Covered Pine Tree

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Swallow and Peony

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Swallow and Peony

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Stonechat and Cotton Rose

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Stonechat and Cotton Rose

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Two Chicks Fighting Over a Butterfly

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Two Chicks Fighting Over a Butterfly

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Quail in Flight, Crescent Moon Above

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Quail in Flight, Crescent Moon Above

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Hawk and Rainbow

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Hawk and Rainbow

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Rooster and Hen

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Rooster and Hen

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Eagle on Rocky Shore

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Eagle on Rocky Shore

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Three Sandpipers in Shallow Water

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Three Sandpipers in Shallow Water

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Sandpipers on Rocky Shore at Sunset

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Sandpipers on Rocky Shore at Sunset

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Two Geese

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Two Geese

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Stonechat on a Thin Stalk of a Flowering Branch

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Stonechat on a Thin Stalk of a Flowering Branch

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Two Swallows Aiming for Bee

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Two Swallows Aiming for Bee

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Two Japanese Cranes on Beach with Rising Sun

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Two Japanese Cranes on Beach with Rising Sun

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Wisteria and Bee

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Wisteria and Bee

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Eagle on a Snowy Tree

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Eagle on a Snowy Tree

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Monkey Looking at Bird

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Monkey Looking at Bird

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Leaping Carp

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Leaping Carp

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Cat and Butterfly

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Cat and Butterfly

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