Plovers and Waves

Ohara Koson (aka Shoson)

Plovers and Waves

ca. 1930

woodblock print

dai oban tate-e 14 3/4 by 9 7/8 in., 37.4 by 25.2 cm

Scholten Japanese Art

New York, NY


Under $2,200

More Information

signed Shoson with artist's seal Shoson and publisher's seal (Hotei C, ca. 1927-32) on the lower right margin, Hanmoto Watanabe hanga ten (Publisher Watanabe Print Shop), ca. 1930

dai oban tate-e 14 3/4 by 9 7/8 in., 37.4 by 25.2 cm

A comparison with the Toledo impression, which must have been produced by the time of the 1930 exhibition and yet lacks a publisher seal, reveals interesting differences. This impression benefits from more saturated barensujizuri (baren swirls) in the sand, and changes to the grey block to make the grasses in the dark area of the foreground more distinct.

Amy Newland et. al., Crows, Cranes & Camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson 1877-1945, 2001, p. 198, cat. no. S21.1
Carolyn M. Putney, Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, Toledo Museum of Art, 2013, p. 220, cat. no. 189 (dated 1926, with 100 impressions)