Koson: Two white egrets
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Ohara Koson (Shôson) (1877-1945)

Two little white egrets (Egretta garzetta )flying in the summer rain under willow branches.

Signature and seal: Shôson

Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô, Tokyo (Seal C)

Date: Undated (1926)

Original Japanese colour woodblock print. Size: Vertical Ôban, 39,2 x 25,5 cm (overall)

Early edition. Excellent impression and colours. Paper only very lightly age-toned. A brownish stain near the upper margin, two very tiny holes in top left corner of the image, left margin a little uneven, bottom left slightly soiled, verso trace of a removed small label. Overall very good condition.

Blair, Toledo Cat. 1930, no. 175. Ill. in Reigle Newland/Perrée/Schaap, Crows, Cranes and Camellias, The natural world of Ohara Koson 1877-1945, Leiden/Boston 2010, p. 154, cat. No. 158, and p. 207, S14.6. Cf. also Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Perrée Coll. RP-P-1999-376; Smithsonian, Muller Coll. S2003.8.2052.