Ohara Koson (1871-1945)
This print is rarely seen in the marketplace and a big departure from Koson's usual focus on birds and flowers. The subtle shadings used within the limited palette create a moody depth. This must have been a very early printing because the woodgrains from the blocks which produced the sky are visible and accentuate the composition of the clouds.
Koson was a student of Suzuki Kason, whose print "Evening on Kominato Bay" is very similar in design to this one. That's not a coincidence, I think.
"Made in Japan" stamped on verso.
shin hanga landscape print
22.3 x 34.1 cm (8.8 x 13.4 inches)
boat, clouds, night, water
(4.5 / 5.0) - Pristine, except for what may be a printing flaw. There is some black pigment in the sky above and to the left of the smaller boats.
Crows, Cranes, and Camellias, Page 136, #132. Also in catalog of Chigasaki Museum's 1999 exhibition of Tsuchiya Koitsu: Page 46, #134