'Two Cranes'

This beautiful woodblock print depicts two red-headed cranes, a mated pair in a marsh setting, which is beautifully executed. They are wading in a misty blue pond with a fine dark gray "bokashi" shading in the background. In Japan as in other countries of East Asia, the crane is seen as a harbinger of good fortune. The fact that it has become a symbol of marital bliss, longevity and fidelity is the result of close observation, as cranes mate for life and reinforce their bonds with ritualistic dances. The color and gradation are wonderful.  This large pillar size print was produced c1900-1910, a first edition.  This print bears Koson's Kanji signature and his 'Koson' seal in red. It was published by Daikokuya. The print measures 13.5" x 7", and the wood frame measures 19" x 12".   It is in excellent condition, with very good color and translucency. Koson is well-known for the exquisite details in his nature prints, said to have produced more than 450 bird and nature woodblocks, and this one is exceptional.  P70525                   $695.00

Ohara Koson (Shoson) (1877-1945) 'Two Cranes'


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