KOSON Japanese Woodblock Print MONKEY IN A PERSIMMON TREE 1910

KOSON Japanese Woodblock Print MONKEY IN A PERSIMMON TREE 1910 OHARA KOSON (Shoson, Hoson) Monkey in a Persimmon Tree Date: c. 1910, pre-earthquake, published by Daikokuya, (Tokyo publisher, 1818-1923) signed and sealed KosonSize: 7.25" x 14.25" Condition: VG, minor flaws (see scans), uncirculated print, never framed Impression: Fine, tight registration and solid key lines Color: Fine, deep saturated color and bleed through to verso Documentation: K41.21 in Crows, Cranes and Camellias: The Natural world of Ohara Koson 1877-1945, illustrated on pages 57 and 191 Provenance: From the Robert O. Muller estate. A monkey on the branch of a persimmon tree, a well-known combination in Japanese pictorial art. The original painting of this design is known. ABOUT OHARA KOSON (Shoson, Hoson) Koson, who also went by the art names of Shoson and Hoson, began his career as the student of Suzuki Koson where he painted flora and fauna between 1895-1902 gradually becoming known as a "Nihonga" painter in the Kacho-ga (nature print) genre. Briefly during the Russo-Japanese war Shoson produced Senso-e (war prints), but the vast majority of his early prints (1900 -1912) were nature prints designed for the North American and European markets for the publishers Kokkeido and Daikokuya. These prints were all signed "Koson". Between 1912-1926 Koson returned ... read more