Koson Ohara, Pine Branch, Heron

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Koson Ohara (1877-1945)
Title: Heron on a Pine Branch
Publisher: Daikokuya
Date: c. 1910
Size: 18.4 x 33.4 cm
Condition: Slight discolouration around edges due to the previous mounting. Pinhole.


An evening mist lingers in the air after a snowfall. The night colours the evergreen pine needles in dark black strokes, rendering the entire scene monochromatic save for the brown plumage of the heron perched amongst the treetops. The restrained palette makes prominent the delicate woodgrain formed in the printing process, providing the design with a textural quality. Combining this with subtle use of tone gradation, Koson succeeds in evoking the stillness of the misty winter night.

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Artist Name Koson Ohara
Title Heron on a Pine Branch
Subject Landscapes, Animal & Birds, Modern/Shin-Hanga
Dimensions 18.4 x 33.4 cm