Shoson (1877 - 1945 )

Koson Ohara (aka Shoson or Hoson) was a master of early 20th century kacho-e (bird-and-flower pictures).With meticulous detail, soft color, and a palpable reverence for flora and fauna, Koson carried the genre into the modern era. Koson 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 produce woodblock prints. 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 his bird prints to American art collectors.

Between 1900 and 1912, Koson worked with a number of different publishers and designed a few Russo-Japanese War prints, as well as genre landscapes, but his passion remained with kacho-e. His earliest and rarest designs were notable for their narrow formats and soft colors. All woodblock prints were signed or sealed Koson. A majority of them were published by Kokkeido and Daikokuya. After 1912, he changed his name to Shoson and dedicated himself to painting.

Ten years later, Koson returned to printmaking. In 1926, Koson began designing woodblock prints for the famed Shin Hanga publisher Shozaburo Watanabe. Koson changed his name once again, this time to Hoson, when he produced designs collaboratively published by Sakai and Kawaguchi around 1930. He also served as an adviser to the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. As Koson used numerous names and seals over the years, dating his work can be difficult. Some of his woodblock prints were published in different editions with variations in color. His prints and paintings can be found in major museums worldwide, such as the Freer Gallery, the Museum of Fine Art Boston and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to name but a few.

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Uncover affordable art prints and great values in fine East Asian art from the 18th-21st century in Ronin Annex. From original ukiyo-e woodblock prints and modern reprints, to out-of-print books and conservation supplies, everything in this collection is priced under $500. Unyieldingly beautiful and forever unique, these pieces are perfectly suited for both the new collector and the longtime connoisseur. With over 1000 works of art priced under $500, let Ronin Annex help you find a meaningful gift, decorate your home, protect your collection, and craft your library.

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Artist

  • Aikawa, Minwa (ask Gosentei)
  • Aikins, Suezan
  • Akiyama, Iwao
  • Amano, Kunihiro
  • Arichi, Yoshito
  • Ashiyuki
  • Azumaya, Takemi
  • Bairei
  • Bakufu
  • Beato, Felice
  • Biho
  • Buncho
  • Chikanobu
  • Chikashige
  • Chikuseki
  • Choki
  • Eisen
  • Eishi
  • Eizan
  • Fukita, Fumiaki
  • Fukuda, Heihachiro
  • Fusatane
  • Gakutei
  • Gakyo
  • Gekko
  • Goto, Michiyoshi
  • Gyozan
  • Hara, Katsuro
  • Harunobu
  • Hasegawa, Konobu
  • Hashimoto, Okiie
  • Hasui
  • Hidenari
  • Hironobu
  • Hirosada
  • Hiroshige
  • Hiroshige & Toyokuni III
  • Hiroshige II
  • Hiroshige III
  • Hoitsu
  • Hokkei
  • Hokuei
  • Hokusai
  • Hokushu
  • Horiyoshi III
  • Hoson
  • Iizuka, Kunio
  • Ikeda, Terukata
  • Ikeda, Zuigetsu
  • Ikegami, Isao
  • Ikuhide
  • Inagaki, Toshijiro
  • Ito, Nisaburo
  • Kanamori, Yoshio
  • Katsushika, Isai
  • Keibun
  • Keinen
  • Kiyochika
  • Kiyohara, Hitoshi
  • Kiyomoto II
  • Kiyonaga
  • Kiyotada IV
  • Koei
  • Kogyo
  • Koitsu
  • Koryusai
  • Koson
  • Kotondo
  • Koun
  • Kunichika
  • Kunihiro
  • Kunihisa II
  • Kunimori II
  • Kunisada
  • Kunisada II (aka Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV)
  • Kuniyasu
  • Kuniyoshi
  • Kuroki, Sadao
  • Kusaka, Kenji
  • Kusakabe, Kimbei
  • Kuzuhara, Teru
  • Kyosai
  • Ma, Li
  • Masanobu
  • Mifune, Tsunade
  • Miyagawa, Shuntei
  • Mizufune, Rokushu
  • Murakami, Gyojin
  • Murakami, Sadao
  • Nagai, Kiyoshi (Hiroyuki Tajima)
  • Nakao, Yoshitaka
  • Nishigaki, Hayaki
  • Nishikawa, Yoichiro
  • Nishimura, Hodo
  • Nobukazu
  • Okada, Koichi
  • Okamoto, Ryusei (AKA Yoshimi)
  • Okumura, Toshinobu
  • Ridley, Matthew White
  • Rinsai
  • Sadafusa
  • Sadahide
  • Sadahiro
  • Sadanobu
  • Sadanobu III
  • Saigetsu
  • Sakai, Doitsu
  • Sakamoto, Isamu
  • Sanmonji, Kazuhiko
  • Sarashina, Syu (Shu)
  • Sawada, Tetsuro
  • Seiko
  • Sekino, Jun'ichiro
  • Sharaku
  • Shigeharu
  • Shima, Tamami
  • Shimazaki, Ryuu
  • Shimizu, Seifu
  • Shinsai
  • Shiro
  • Shoson
  • Shoun
  • Shunman
  • Shunsen
  • Shunsho
  • Shuntei
  • Sonsai
  • Chigusa, Soun
  • Sozan
  • Sugakudo
  • Sukenobu
  • Suzuki, Kinsen
  • Tadakiyo
  • Takahashi, Shinichi
  • Takahashi, Ushio
  • Takehisa, Yumeji
  • Tamimasa
  • Toneyama, Kojin
  • Toshiaki
  • Toshihide
  • Toshikata
  • Toshimasa
  • Toshimine
  • Toyohiro
  • Toyokuni I
  • Toyokuni II (Toyoshige)
  • Toyokuni III
  • Ukiyo-e Project (Publisher)
  • Umeno, Takako
  • Unno, Mitsuhiro
  • Urushibara, Mokuchu
  • Ushiku, Kenji
  • Utamaro
  • Van Otterloo, Chris
  • Wada, Sanzo
  • Yamao, Akio
  • Yasuda, Shodo
  • Yoshida, Tsukasa
  • Yoshifusa
  • Yoshihara, Hideo
  • Yoshihiro
  • Yoshiiku
  • Yoshikazu
  • Yoshikuni
  • Yoshimori
  • Yoshitaki
  • Yoshitora
  • Yoshitoshi
  • Yoshitsuna
  • Yoshitsuya
  • Yoshiume
  • Zeshin
  • Aoyama, Masaharu
  • Araki, Shinko
  • Araki, Tetsuo
  • Asada, Benji
  • Asano,Takeji
  • Azechi, Umetaro
  • Fujita, Fumio
  • Funasaka, Yoshisuke
  • Fukami, Gashu
  • Gu, Zhijun
  • Hack, Vincent
  • Hagiwara, Hideo
  • Hagiwara, Tsuneyoshi
  • Hanafusa, Hideki
  • Hara, Takeshi
  • Hasegawa, Kannosuke (Chikuyo)
  • Kawanishi, Hide
  • Hiratsuka, Unichi
  • Hiratsuka, Yuji
  • Horie, Ryoichi
  • Hoshi, Joichi
  • Howard, Daryl
  • Ide, Gakusui
  • Ideguchi, Yuki
  • Ido, Masao
  • Ikai, Tadashi
  • Imaizumi, Tadayoshi
  • Ito, Yuhan
  • Jacoulet, Paul
  • Kaburagi, Kiyokata
  • Kajita, Hanko
  • Karhu, Clifton
  • Kawada, Kan
  • Kawano, Kaoru
  • Okamoto, Kazuko
  • Kidokoro, Sho
  • Sasajima, Kihei
  • Kimura, Yoshiharu
  • Kobashi,Yasuhide
  • Konishi, Seiichiro
  • Korn, Marian
  • Kotozuka, Eiichi
  • Kozaki, Kan
  • Inoue, Kozo
  • Kaneko, Kunio
  • Kuroda, Shigeki
  • Li, Yansong
  • Lin, Dunxi
  • Lippens, Josée
  • Lu, Chengqing
  • Lu, Zhiping
  • Lum, Bertha
  • Ui, Machiko
  • Maki, Haku
  • Tanaka, Masaaki
  • Murai, Masanari
  • Minagawa, Taizo
  • Miyamoto, Shufu
  • Miyashita, Tokio
  • Mori, Shunkei
  • Mori, Yoshitoshi
  • Oi, Motoi
  • Nakayama, Tadashi
  • Namiki, Hajime
  • Matsubara, Naoko
  • Nishida, Tadashige
  • Nishijima, Katsuyuki
  • Sato, Nobuo
  • Norikane, Hiroto
  • Ohashi, Shigeyuki
  • Ohba, Masao
  • Okamoto, Shogo
  • Okuyama, Gihachiro
  • Okuyama, Gijin
  • Onda, Akio
  • Osanai, Toshikage
  • Osugi, Shoji
  • Ouchi, Makoto
  • Rome, Joshua
  • Ronin Gallery Catalogue & Poster
  • Tanaka, Ryohei
  • Saito, Kiyoshi
  • Sakamoto, Koichi
  • Watanabe, Seitei
  • Shi, Ji-hong
  • Shinoda, Toko
  • Shinohara, Noriko
  • Shitanda, Zen
  • Ashikaga, Shizuo
  • Kawarazaki, Shodo
  • Yukawa, Shodo
  • Mishima, Shoso
  • Shotei (aka Hiroaki)
  • Mori, Shuncho
  • Natori, Shunsen
  • Sugiura, Kazutoshi
  • Suzuki, Kason
  • Takagi, Shiro
  • Ito, Takashi
  • Takeshita, Kin-u
  • Takeuchi, Keishu
  • Tamamura, Kozaburo
  • Fujikawa, Tamenobu
  • Tanigami, Konan
  • Teisai, Sencho
  • Terasaki, Kogyo
  • Tokuriki, Tomikichiro
  • Tomihari, Hiroshi
  • Tomioka, Eisen
  • Tomita, Fumio
  • Tsurusawa, Kieko
  • Unsigned / Unknown Artist
  • Ito, Wako
  • Watanabe, Sadao
  • Williams, Brian
  • Wu, Yin
  • Wu, Zuoren
  • Yamanaka, Kodo
  • Yayanagi, Go
  • Yoshida, Hiroshi
  • Yoshida, Hodaka
  • Yoshida, Masaji
  • Yoshida, Toshi
  • Yuasa, Hiroshi
  • Katsuda, Yukio
  • Yushin, Ayaoka

Subject

  • Animals & Fish
  • Autumn
  • Birds
  • Flowers & Gardens
  • Moon & Night
  • Nature
  • Waterfalls and Rapids
  • Winter

Period

  • 1800 - 1868 (Edo)
  • 1912 - 1945 (Taisho & Early Showa)

Medium

  • Woodblock Print

Size

  • Small (ie. Chuban)
  • Medium (ie. Oban)

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Tit on Paulownia

Shoson

Tit on Paulownia

JPR-209076

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Scops Owl Flying Under Cherry Blossom and Full moon

Shoson

Scops Owl Flying Under Cherry Blossom and Full moon

JP1-48994

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Carp

Shoson

Carp

JP1-48992

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Five Egrets Descending in Snow

Shoson

Five Egrets Descending in Snow

JPR-109756

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Flowering Iris

Shoson

Flowering Iris

JP1-48996

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Chrysantheums and Running Water

Shoson

Chrysantheums and Running Water

JP1-48983

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