Peacock (quick-ship)

by Ohara Koson

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Artist Statement

Ohara Koson was best known for his kacho-e (bird-and-flower) style woodblock prints. While kacho-e dates back to the 14th century in Japanese art, this motif was particularly popular in the early 20th century shin-hanga (“new prints”) movement, of which Koson was a prominent participant. Kacho-e is characterized by delicate and meticulous outlines and bright color washes.

Why We Love It

This avian exhibitionist is the work of early 20th century Japanese artist Ohara Koson, best known for his kacho-e (bird-and-flower) woodblock prints—a revival of an artistic movement that dates back to 14th century Japan. In the grand tradition of the style, this dashing woodblock bird is rendered by delicate, detailed outlines and bright washes of color. He’s a notably pale gentleman, a partially leucistic (non-pigmented) pied (two-color) variety with a white body and train, and a bright blue head. Pied peafowl are generally pigmented with splashes of white, but this guy’s all alabaster with a concentrated pop of color in his noggin and crest. A rare sight! And extra lucky for his rarity, no doubt ... Read more on the blog!


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Edition Structure:
14"x11" | edition of 250

Ohara Koson

Ohara Koson (1877-1945) was a Japanese painter and printmaker of the shin-hanga (“new prints”) movement. Shin-hanga was an early 20th century revival of traditional ukiyo-e art in which the artist, carver, and printer played distinctly separate but unified roles, as opposed to sosaku-hanga (“creative prints”), in which the artist performs all roles and is the sole creator of the work. Koson moved to Tokyo in the late 1890s, eventually becoming a teacher at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. In 1905, he began practicing woodblock printing, and in time began exporting his prints to American collectors through Ernest Fenollosa, curator... Read More
of Japanese Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. While designing many genre landscapes and Russo-Japanese Wars prints, Koson was most known for his kacho-e (bird-and-flower) prints.
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