Koson 小原古邨 : Cawing Crow 雪中の鴉 on a Snowy Branch (Oversized)
Artist: Ohara Kōson (1877-1945)
Title: Cawing Crow 雪中の鴉 on a Snowy Branch (Oversized)
Date: Ca. 1920s-30s
A jungle crow (Corvus macrorhynchos) has been captured in mid-caw, its beak open enough for us to see its slender tongue peeking out. Beautifully printed in a painterly style, the feathers have an unusually high level of detail, even the fine ones surrounding the beak. This print was published by Nishinomiya; in the Newland catalog raisonné on this artist they have pictured the Adachi reprint of this work. With the “Made in Japan” seal verso, indicating that the work was intended for export in the late 1920s or early-to-mid 1930s. This must be the largest of Koson’s crow designs, and the artist has used the larger space of the paper very effectively.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: 43.7 x 27.5 cm cm
Literature: Crows, Cranes and Camellias (2001), number 140, page 142 and K5.15. See Rijksmuseum, Princeton University.. See Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art.
Seal: Hanken shoyu Nishinomiya Yosaku (left margin)