Koson: Cockatoo
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Ohara Koson (Shôson) (1877-1945)

A white cockatoo sitting on the branch of a pomegranate tree against a deeply saturated black background. On the left a ripe and burst fruit, on the right a blossom.

Signature and seal: Shôson

Publisher: Watanabe, Tokyo
(7-mm-seal at lower left corner, difficult to discern, red on black

Date: Undated (first printed in 1927)

Original Japanese colour woodblock print. Size: Vertical Ôban, 36,1 x 23,5 cm (image)

Excellent impression, colours and flawless condition, with embossing and gofun white in the bird's plumage. Later edition from the original plates, c. 1980s.

Blair, Toledo Cat. 1930, no. 185. Ill. in Brown/Goodall-Cristante, Shin-Hanga. New prints in Modern Japan, 1996, p. 56, cat. no. 66. fig. 66. Reigle Newland/Perrée/Schaap, Crows, Cranes and Camellias, The natural world of Ohara Koson 1877-1945, Leiden/Boston 2010, p. 209, S36.1; cf. also Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Perrée Coll. RP-P-2001-733, Harvard Art Museums 1937.120 and MAK Vienna, KI 13624-2.