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OHARA Shôson

(1877 – 1945)

Title
(Hydrangeas and bees)
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
Year
post 1926
Media category
Print
Materials used
colour woodcut
Dimensions

36.3 x 24.2 cm image; 38.5 x 25.3 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.r., black ink "[Japanese characters]", red ink '[artist's seal]". Not dated.
Credit
Gift of G F Williams 1995
Accession number
422.2001
Location
Not on display
Further information

Ohara Shôson was an establishment Japanese-style painter who had studied under Suzuki Kason. Shôson also used the name Koson from around 1910 until 1912. It is said that he was encouraged by the famous American scholar and collector of Japanese art Ernest Fenollosa (1853-1908) to design for prints for export.

Most of Shôson's designs fall into the conventional 'flower and bird' genre. He never dated his work, but as he began designing for Watanabe Shôzaburô from 1926, this print is made in or after that year.

Asian Art Dept.
AGNSW 16 October 2001