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Chrysanthemums and Stream

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Ohara Shoson, Japanese, (active 1877–1945)
Chrysanthemums and Stream, c. 1926
Ink on Paper
14 5/16 in. x 9 1/2 in. (363.54 mm x 241.3 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Taisho (Japan, 1912-1925)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Frederick S. Bailey
Accession Number: 54.1.105


Alternate Title: Chrysanthemums and River

Commentary
This vibrant print depicting chrysanthemums is by Ohara Shoson (1877-1945), also known as Ohara Koson, a painter and print designer who was part of the Shin Hanga (“New Prints”) Movement of the early 20th century. Most of his prints feature birds and animals. Here, he depicts pink and yellow chrysanthemums hanging over a winding river, an image that very vividly evokes the joy and coolness that this season can bring, as well as recalling the Chinese legend about spring waters surrounded by chrysanthemums bestowing long life on those who lived nearby.

- Meher McArthur, Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Curator of Academic Programs and Collections, 2021

Marks
On lower edge in pencil: Chrysanthemum and Stream. Label on verso, in lower right: Bai VI 5. Signed: Koson. Artist's seal: Shoson.

Medium
Colored ink on paper; woodblock print.

Object Description
Taisho period color woodblock print with pink and white flowers above a small stream of water.

Publisher
Watanabe Shozaburo seal.

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