Koson: Songbird on reed gras
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Ohara Koson (1877-1945)
A songbird on reed grass in the golden autumn sunlight.
Signature and seal: Koson
Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya), Tokyo
Date: c. 1910-20
Original Japanese colour woodblock print. Size: Vertical Ôtanzaku (Mitsugiriban), 36,5 x 19 cm (overall)
Excellent early impression and colours. Untrimmed, retains margins at upper and left side. In top and bottom paper minimally wavy, else very crisp and excellent condition. Rarely seen. Ill. In Reigle Newland/Perrée/Schaap, Crows, Cranes and Camellias, The natural world of Ohara Koson 1877-1945, Leiden/Boston 2010, p. 195, K38.5. Cf. also Japanische Kleinkunst, Elberfeld, n.d. (c. 1900), SLUB Dresden, sig. 92054306.