Koson Ohara, Flying Geese, Birds

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Ohara Koson (1877-1945)
Title: Two white-fronted geese in flight
Date: Early 20th century
Publisher: Daikoku-ya
Size: 24.1 x 25.1 cm
Condition report: Discolouration due to the previous mounting. Pencil marking on the back. Horizontal crease.


Ohara Koson was a prolific printmaker of the twentieth century widely known for his kacho-ga, bird and flower prints. During his study with Kason, he took his artist name Koson, a partial adaptation of his teacher’s name. In 1912, his artist name was changed to Shoson, and would change again to Hoson later in his career.


One of Koson's most favourite print subjects, two white-fronted geese are pictured in flight, placed on a gradated background (bokashi). Geese are often shown in pairs as a symbol of loyalty and marital happiness.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Koson Ohara
Title Two white-fronted geese in flight
Subject Animal & Birds, Modern/Shin-Hanga
Dimensions 24.1 x 25.1 cm