Shoson, Ohara, 1877-1945

Born in Kanazawa. Original name Ohara Matao. Studied with Shijo-style painter Suzuki Kason. Under the name Koson made Russo-Japanese War prints in 1904 and many small kacho prints published by Matsuki Heikichi of Daikokuya for export. In 1912 changed name to Shoson and dedicated himself to painting but may have designed a few more prints for Daikokuya under the name Koson. In 1926 resumed kacho hanga production. Published chiefly by Watanabe Shozaburo but also by Nishinomiya Yosaku and Sakai-Kawaguchi. Hundreds of Shoson bird prints exported to U.S. Used the name Hoson on works published by Sakai-Kawaguchi.** Taken in whole, or in part, with permission from: Merritt, Helen and Nanako Yamada. Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975. University of Hawaii Press: Honolulu. 1992.

Artwork

Swan and Reeds Swan and Reeds #WPOS17 Shoson, Ohara, 1877-1945 $300
A Group of Herons in the Snow A Group of Herons in the Snow #WPOS11 Shoson, Ohara, 1877-1945 $300
Pond in Late Autumn Pond in Late Autumn #WPOS16 Shoson, Ohara, 1877-1945 $300
Nanten Bush and Fly-catchers in Snow Nanten Bush and Fly-catchers in Snow #WPOS14 Shoson, Ohara, 1877-1945 $300