Koson: Birds and Blossoms

Koson: Birds and Blossoms View Works

Revel in the start of summer with a selection of prints by Koson (AKA Shoson or Hoson), Japan’s early 20th century master of kacho-e. Softly colored and exquisitely rendered with an elegant arrangement of space, Ohara Koson’s prints celebrate nature as a combination of sensual delights and lyrical expressions of emotion.  The tradition of kacho-e, which is most simply the depiction of flora and fauna, has a long visual and literary history. Imbued with metaphorical significance beyond their physical beauty, these Japanese flower prints include specific pairings of birds, insects and flowers that have formed the basis for a tradition that extends into the contemporary moment.

Artists for this exhibition

Gekko (1859-1920)
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Koson (1877-1945)
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Shoson (1877-1945)
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Hoson (1877-1945)
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