Koson Ohara, Leaping Carp
Artist: Koson Ohara (1877-1945)
Title: Leaping carp
Date: early 20th century
Size: 34.8 x 19 cm
Condition: Slightly trimmed, minor creases on the top right, horizontal centrefold, rubbing on the top left.
Koson Ohara 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. Early in his career, many of Koson’s prints were muted in colour and captured a sense of calmness and elegance.
In Japanese belief, dragons are associated with carp fish. Legend says that a carp fish’s ability to swim upstream and over waterfalls without ever giving up in the face of adversity brought with it admiration from the gods who have granted the carp eternal life as dragons. It is also said that if a carp is caught, it will await the cut of the knife without fear, displaying courage and tenacity, attributes naturally embodied within the fish. In this print, Koson captures a leaping carp, an allusion perhaps to the myth.
|Artist Name||Koson Ohara|
|Subject||Animal & Birds|
|Dimensions||34.8 x 19 cm|
|Condition Report||Slightly trimmed, minor creases on the top right, horizontal centrefold, rubbing on the top left.|