Featured Artist: Koson (aka Shoson, Hoson)

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 Ohara 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 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 Ohara 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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Peacock and Peahen on Pine Tree

Koson

Peacock and Peahen on Pine Tree

JPR-208130

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Mallards in Autumn

Shoson

Mallards in Autumn

JPR5254

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Wild Geese

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Wild Geese

JP1-49052

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Deer Near Waterside

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Deer Near Waterside

JP1-49020

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Quails

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Quails

JP1-49013

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Carrion Crow on Snow-covered Willow

Shoson

Carrion Crow on Snow-covered Willow

JPR5371

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Starlings in Flight During Rain Storm

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Starlings in Flight During Rain Storm

JPR5337

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A Couple of Pheasants in the Snow

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A Couple of Pheasants in the Snow

JP1-49032

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Three Tree Sparrows in Flight Next to Large Banana Leaves

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Three Tree Sparrows in Flight Next to Large Banana Leaves

JPR-98083

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Three Sparrows in Spring Shower

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Three Sparrows in Spring Shower

JPR5319

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Mallard on Stump

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Mallard on Stump

JP1-49072

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Two Swallows Aiming for Bee

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Two Swallows Aiming for Bee

JPR-111896

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Crows in Moonlight

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Crows in Moonlight

JPR-208158

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Cranes on Sea Shore

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Cranes on Sea Shore

JPR-208157

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Three Red Carp, Water Plant Above

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Three Red Carp, Water Plant Above

JPR-208133

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Pigeon in Flight and Blossoming Cherry Tree

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Pigeon in Flight and Blossoming Cherry Tree

JPR-208131

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Snow at Yanagibashi

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Snow at Yanagibashi

JPR1-55812

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Purple Flowering Hosta

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Purple Flowering Hosta

JPR-98037

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Cockatoo on a Red Bar

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Cockatoo on a Red Bar

JPR5339

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Morning Glory

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Morning Glory

JPR5461

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Stonechat and Cotton Rose

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Stonechat and Cotton Rose

JP5452

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Two Chicks Fighting Over a Butterfly

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Two Chicks Fighting Over a Butterfly

JP5048

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Quail in Flight, Crescent Moon Above

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Quail in Flight, Crescent Moon Above

JP1-49068

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Pigeons and Cherry Blossoms

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Pigeons and Cherry Blossoms

JP5461

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