Wild Geese

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Wild Geese

by Ohara Shōson, originally 1926

IHL Cat. #13

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.
White-fronted geese (Anser albifrons) appear in a setting of grey reeds and water. 

Catalogue Entry from The Toledo Art Museum Show 1930 

(notes on the original edition)

One of twenty-one prints by Shōson 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 180.

WILD GEESE (Gan)

Gray reeds and water; geese in light red-brown, grey, white and black, with orange beaks and legs.  Background is blue.
Signed “Shoson”; also his seal.  Margin: Copyright stamp of Watanabe Shozaburo.  Edition, 200 impressions1; issued in 1926. 14 9/32 x 9 15/32.

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  #13
 Title  Wild Geese (Gan)
 Series  
 Catalogue Raisonné  pl. #S-11.5 and cat. #149 (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. O8 titled ""Wild-Geese flying over reeds"
 Artist
 Ohara Koson (1877 - 1945)
 Signature
Shōson 祥邨
 Seal  Shōson 祥邨
 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.  This print was purchased in the mid-1950s.
 Publisher
Watanabe Shōzaburō
ワタナベ [Watanabe]
Watanabe "A-type" 6mm round seal
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - pin hole upper left margin
 Miscellaneous  
 Genre  shin-hanga (new prints)
 Format  oban-tate
 H x W Paper  15 3/8 x 10 1/4 in. (39.1 x 26 cm)
 H x W Image  14 1/4 x 9 3/4 in. (36.2 x 24.8 cm)
 Collections This Print  Los Angeles County Museum of Art M.2000.105.102 (no edition noted); Art Gallery of New South Wales 28.2009 (likely first edition); Rijksmuseum RP-P-1999-490 (seal type D); Toledo Museum of Art 1930, no. 180 (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; Modern Japanese Prints, Dorothy Blair, re-print of the 1931 and 1936 exhibition catalogs, The Toledo Museum of Art, 1997, figure 180; Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, Carol M. Putney, et. al., Toledo Museum of Art, 2014, Cat. 187, p. 219.

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