Ohara Koson, "Egrets and Crescent Moon"
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In this rare and popular design, two egrets stand gracefully in shallow water surrounded by tall grass under a crescent moon. An exceptional work by Koson and masterfully printed with embossing and delicate detailing. Stamped with the rare "gift seal" by Watanabe published circa 1935.
Early, lifetime edition (gift seal, c. 1935)
Published by Watanabe Shozaburo
Condition: Excellent color and condition
Frame Shown: 16" x 24" x 1/2", Classic Wood, Ebony
Ohara Koson (Shoson) (1877-1945) was the master of kacho-e (prints of birds and flowers) during the shin-hanga period of woodblock prints in Japan. Trained as a painter, Koson's work exquisitely captured the raw beauty of nature and many of his bird prints are iconic in Japanese design.