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White Fronted Geese Flying above Reeds and Water.
By Ohara Koson
Located in Storrs, CT
White-Fronted Geese Flying above Reeds and Water. c. 1933. Shikishiban: 10 10/16 x 9 1/16 (sheet 10 14/16 x 9 12/16). Signed and sealed Shoson. Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo. Illustr...
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Early 20th Century Showa Animal Prints

Materials

Color, Woodcut

Cockatoo on Pomegranate — Lifetime Impression
By Ohara Koson
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
Ohara Koson, 'Cockatoo on Pomegranate', color woodblock print, 1927. Signed 'Shoson' with the artist's, red seal 'Shoson'. A fine, life-time impression, with fresh colors—deep black...
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1920s Showa Animal Prints

Materials

Woodcut

Tit on the stalk of a flowering magnolia
By Ohara Koson
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Signature: Koson C; Seal: K. 6 Format: o-tanzaku Publisher: Daikokuya, Sample Book No. 11 Crows, Cranes & Camellias K.29.11 Sheet: 14 1/2 x 7 1/2"; Image: 13 7/16 x ...
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20th Century Animal Prints

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Woodcut

Two Yellow Tits
By Ohara Koson
Located in Burbank, CA
Two tits (Parus varius) perch on blades of grass, their plumage bright against a misty background. This is a very early Koson-signed design, made before the 1923 earthquake. Excellen...
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1910s Showa Animal Prints

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Mulberry Paper, Woodcut

Wading Egret
By Ohara Koson
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
Ohara Koson, 'Wading Egret', color woodblock print, c. 1900-1910. Signed 'Koson' with the Koson red seal, lower left; stamped 'Made in Japan', verso. A very fine, early impression, w...
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Early 1900s Showa Landscape Prints

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Woodcut

Carrion Crow on a Snow-covered Branch at Dawn.
By Ohara Koson
Located in Storrs, CT
Carrion Crow on a Snow-covered Branch at Dawn. c. 1930. Otanzaku: 14 9/16 x 6 5/8 (sheet 14 15/16 x 6 3/4). Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo. Illustrated: Crows, Cranes & Camellias S5.5...
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Early 20th Century Showa Animal Prints

Materials

Color, Woodcut

Plovers by the Seaside
By Ohara Koson
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
Three plovers rest on a rock by the seaside as a crescent moon appears in the early evening sky. A fine impression, with fresh colors, on cream wove Japan paper; in excellent conditi...
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1920s Showa Landscape Prints

Materials

Woodcut

Egrets on a Snowy Night
By Ohara Koson
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
Five egrets find companionship on a snowy night. A fine impression, with fresh colors, on cream wove Japan paper; pronounced gaufrage (embossing) in the birds’ white plumage; in exce...
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1920s Showa Landscape Prints

Materials

Woodcut

Egrets and Crescent Moon
By Ohara Koson
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
Two white egrets at the edge of a pond are illuminated by a crescent moon rising above a stand of delicately silhouetted, windswept reeds. A fine impression, with fresh colors, on cr...
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1920s Showa Landscape Prints

Materials

Woodcut

Goose and Reeds
By Ohara Koson
Located in Storrs, CT
Goose and Reeds. Otanzaku:13 1/2 x 7 1/4. Illustrated: Newland, Crows, Cranes & Camellias, K11.9, catalog 41, pages 66, 174. Signed and sealed Koson. An excellent impression with sub...
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Early 20th Century Showa Animal Prints

Materials

Color, Woodcut

  • Goose and Reeds
  • Goose and Reeds
  • Goose and Reeds
  • Goose and Reeds
H 20 in. W 16 in. D .5 in.
Two Wild Ducks in Flight Above Reeds, a Full Moon Behind.
By Ohara Koson
Located in Storrs, CT
Two Wild Ducks in Flight Above Reeds, a Full Moon Behind. Pre-1923. Otanzaku: 13 7/8 x 7 1/4 (sheet 14 1/2 x 7 1/2). Publisher: Daikokuya. Signed and sealed Koson. Illustrated: Crows...
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Early 20th Century Showa Animal Prints

Materials

Color, Woodcut

Bats Against a Full Moon
By Ohara Koson
Located in Storrs, CT
Bats Against a Full Moon. 1933.Otanzaku: 13 7/8 x 7 1/8 (sheet 14 1/2 x 7 7/16). Publisher: Daikokuya. Illustrated: Newland an Uhlenbeck, Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga, p. 201; Newland et al...
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Mid-20th Century Showa Animal Prints

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Color, Woodcut

  • Bats Against a Full Moon
  • Bats Against a Full Moon
  • Bats Against a Full Moon
  • Bats Against a Full Moon
H 19 in. W 11.13 in. D .5 in.
Bar-tailed Godwits and Reeds
By Ohara Koson
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
Two bar-tailed Godwits rest in shallow water sheltered by reeds. A fine impression, with fresh colors, on cream wove Japan; slight skinning reinforced with Japan paper in the top rig...
Category

1920s Showa Landscape Prints

Materials

Woodcut

Great Tit in Flight Beneath Wisteria Blossoms
By Ohara Koson
Located in Burbank, CA
Lifelike portrait of a great tit in flight, flowering wisteria cascading from above. An excellent design in the rarer oversized naga-oban format. Published by Kokkeido ca 1920s. Exce...
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1920s Showa Animal Prints

Materials

Mulberry Paper, Woodcut

Rabbits and the Moon
By Ohara Koson
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
Two white rabbits under a flowering clover bush with the full moon overhead. A fine impression, with fresh colors, on cream wove Japan paper; pronounced wood grain in the sky and gau...
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1930s Showa Animal Prints

Materials

Woodcut

Tit on the Stalk of a Flowering Magnolia
By Ohara Koson
Located in Storrs, CT
Tit on the Stalk of a Flowering Magnolia. c. 1921. Otanzaku: 13 3/16 6 x 7 3/13 (sheet 14 7/16 x 7 5/16 ). Publisher: Daikoku-ya (Tokyo publisher, 1818-1923). Illustrated: Crows, ...
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Early 20th Century Showa Animal Prints

Materials

Woodcut, Color

Sparrow on Hortensia (Hydrangea)
By Ohara Koson
Located in Storrs, CT
Sparrow on Hortensia. after 1921. Otanzaku: 13 3/8 x 7 3/16 (sheet 14 5/16 x 7 7/16). Publisher:: Daikoku-ya (Tokyo publisher, 1818-1923) Illustrated: Crows, Cranes & Camellias ...
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Early 20th Century Showa Animal Prints

Materials

Color, Woodcut

Mallards in coastal scene
By Ohara Koson
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Signed Shoson Format: oban Publisher: Watanabe (6 mm seal) Reference: Crows, Cranes & Camellias, S7.2 Sheet: 14 5/8 x 15 3/8" Image: 9 3/8 x 10 1/4"
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1930s Landscape Prints

Materials

Woodcut

Flycatcher and Rose Mallow
By Ohara Koson
Located in Burbank, CA
An orange-and black flycatcher has perched on a rose mallow branch. The bird watches a spider descending on its filament with great interest. With the Watanabe seal that was in use d...
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1930s Showa Animal Prints

Materials

Woodcut

Koson Ohara For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the koson ohara you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. On 1stDibs, the right koson ohara is waiting for you and the choices span a range of colors that includes black, gray, beige and green. These artworks were handmade with extraordinary care, with artists most often working in woodcut print, handmade paper and mulberry paper. A large koson ohara can be an attractive addition to some spaces, while smaller examples are available — approximately spanning 9.53 high and 7.13 wide — and may be better suited to a more modest living area.

How Much is a Koson Ohara?

The average selling price for a koson ohara we offer is $817, while they’re typically $425 on the low end and $1,800 for the highest priced.

ohara-koson Biography and Important Works

Ohara Koson was a prolific printmaker of the 20th century widely known for his kacho-ga, bird and flower prints. During his study with Kason, he took his artist name Koson, a partial adaptation of his teacher's name. Early in his career, many of Koson’s prints were muted in color and captured a sense of calmness and elegance. Koson’s depiction of birds are very realistic, the details of body and feathers in particular were always depicted with meticulous care.

Finding the Right Prints and Multiples for You

Decorating with fine-art prints — whether they’re figurative prints, abstract prints or another variety — has always been a practical way of bringing a space to life as well as bringing works by an artist you love into your home.

Pursued in the 1960s and ’70s, largely by Pop artists drawn to its associations with mass production, advertising, packaging and seriality, as well as those challenging the primacy of the Abstract Expressionist brushstroke, printmaking was embraced in the 1980s by painters and conceptual artists ranging from David Salle and Elizabeth Murray to Adrian Piper and Sherrie Levine.

Printmaking is the transfer of an image from one surface to another. An artist takes a material like stone, metal, wood or wax, carves, incises, draws or otherwise marks it with an image, inks or paints it and then transfers the image to a piece of paper or other material.

Fine-art prints are frequently confused with their more commercial counterparts. After all, our closest connection to the printed image is through mass-produced newspapers, magazines and books, and many people don’t realize that even though prints are editions, they start with an original image created by an artist with the intent of reproducing it in a small batch. Fine-art prints are created in strictly limited editions — 20 or 30 or maybe 50 — and are always based on an image created specifically to be made into an edition.

Many people think of revered Dutch artist Rembrandt as a painter but may not know that he was a printmaker as well. His prints have been preserved in time along with the work of other celebrated printmakers such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol. These fine-art prints are still highly sought after by collectors.

“It’s another tool in the artist’s toolbox, just like painting or sculpture or anything else that an artist uses in the service of mark making or expressing him- or herself,” says International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) vice president Betsy Senior, of New York’s Betsy Senior Fine Art, Inc.

Because artist’s editions tend to be more affordable and available than his or her unique works, they’re more accessible and can be a great opportunity to bring a variety of colors, textures and shapes into a space.

For tight corners, select small fine-art prints as opposed to the oversized bold piece you’ll hang as a focal point in the dining area. But be careful not to choose something that is too big for your space. And feel free to lean into it if need be — not every work needs picture-hanging hooks. Leaning a larger fine-art print against the wall behind a bookcase can add a stylish installation-type dynamic to your living room. (Read more about how to arrange wall art here.)

Find the fine-art prints you’re looking for on 1stDibs today.