Ohara Koson Essay

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Ohara Shoson Have you ever heard of the ancient art of ukiyo-e? Ohara Shoson was a master of this style of wood block and many other forms of Japanese art. Ohara Shoson got most of his inspiration not only from nature, but wars happening during his time. According to Centuar Galleries, “Koson Ohara is the best-known printmaker for kacho-e in the 20th century.” (“Biography of Ohara Shoson”) Ohara was also known for the water-color like work that he created. Ohara Shoson was a very intellectual and creative artist in not only the ways he produced his art, but the ways he portrayed his work. Ohara Shoson was born in 1877 and died in 1945. He was born and raised in Kanazawa, (specifically in the Ishikawa Prefecture) and later moved to Tokyo. When he was born, he was given the name Ohara Matao. Ohara was trained in painting and design at Ishikawa Prefecture Technical school from 1889-1893. Afterward, he was a student of Suzuki Koson whose name he adopted (Koson) meaning “go”. During his actual career, he was a well-known painter and printmaker of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. According to Centuar Galleries “ Koson Ohara is the best known printmaker for kacho-e in 20th century.” Ohara’s artwork belonged to the “shin-hang” movement meaning “new prints”. Kacho-e is the art of flowers and birds by woodprints which is one of the several types of works Ohara did. Ohara’s art really did have a lasting impact on the surrounding community. Even though everyone was doing the same thing, his art work excelled past others. In Tokyo, he produced some woodblock triptychs (also known as prints) illustrating episodes of the Russo-Japanese War, which was a very popular time for the woodblock artists of Japan. At this point of his career, he was starting to gain a reputation for his very detailed pieces of art. However, most of his popularity came

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