Herons in Reeds

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Herons in Reeds

by Ohara Shōson, originally 1926

Egrets in Rain

IHL Cat. #15

About This Print

Originally issued in 1926, this collection's print is a later edition c. 1946-1957.

Source: Crows, Cranes & Camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson 1877-1945, Amy Reigle Newland, Jan Perrée, Robert Schaap, Hotei Publishing, 2003, plate 149 caption.
Two little egrets (Egretta garzetta) wade in a blue-grey river, the gradated light blue to grey sky behind with crescent moon.


Catalogue Entry from The Toledo Art Museum Show 1930 

(notes on the original edition)

One of twenty-one prints by Koson that were shown in the first shin hanga exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1930.

Source: Modern Japanese Prints, Dorothy Blair, re-print of the 1931 and 1936 exhibition catalogues, The Toledo Museum of Art, 1997, figure 174.

HERONS IN REEDS (Ashi ni Sagi)
Two white herons and blue grey pool.  Feathers outlined in gray; gray legs, yellow and black claws and eyes; yellow, black and yellow-green beaks.  Wind-blown reeds in two tones of gray on blank above, and sky graded from light blue to gray-blue; white crescent moon.  Signed “Shoson”; also his seal. Edition, 200 impressions1; issued in 1926. 14 ¼” x 9 3/8” 

1 As is noted in Crows, Cranes & Camellias the edition of size of 200 only reflects the edition size up to 1931 when the first Toledo exhibition was held.  Many later editions of this print are known.

Print Details
 IHL Catalog  #15
 Title  Herons in Reeds (Ashi ni Sagi)
 Series  
 Catalogue Raisonné  S14.4, cat. 155 (as listed in Crows, Cranes & Camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson 1877-1945); Catalogue of Wood-Cut Colour Prints of S. Watanabe, 1936, p. 97, cat. O2 titled "Herons and Reeds (under the Crescent)"
 Artist
 Ohara Koson (1877 - 1945)
 Signature
Shōson 祥邨
 Seal  Shōson 祥邨, in seal script (see above)
 Date  originally issued 1926
 Edition  Later edition (c. 1946-1957) with black circular 6 mm Watanabe type-I seal in lower right hand corner of image.
 Publisher
Watanabe Shōzaburō
ワタナベ [Watanabe]
Watanabe "A-type" 6mm round seal
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent
 Miscellaneous  
 Genre  shin-hanga (new prints)
 Format  oban-tate
 H x W Paper  15 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. (38.7 x 26 cm)
 H x W Image  14 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. (36.2 x 24.1 cm)
 Collections This Print  Los Angeles County Museum of Art M.71.100.129 (no edition noted) and M.2000.105.145 (no edition noted); Smithsonian Institution Arthur M. Sackler Gallery S2003.8.2046 (first edition with Watanabe type-B seal); Toledo Museum of Art 1930, no. 174 (Watanabe type-B seal)
 Reference Literature
Catalogue Raisonné: Crows, Cranes & Camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson 1877-1945, Amy Reigle Newland, Jan Perrée, Robert Schaap, Hotei Publishing, 2001, p. 151, pl. 55; Printed to Perfection - Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, Mervis, Newland, et. al., Hotei Publishing, 2004, p. 55, pl. 30; Modern Japanese Prints, Dorothy Blair, re-print of the 1931 and 1936 exhibition catalogs, The Toledo Museum of Art, 1997, figure 174; Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, Carol M. Putney, et. al., Toledo Museum of Art, 2014, Cat. 181, p. 214.

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