Ohara Shōson Boxed Note Cards

About the Artist

The great Kantō earthquake and ensuing fire in 1923 crippled Japan’s woodblock print industry. Publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō (1885–1962) quickly reopened, rebuilding his business with some of the finest artists of the shin-hanga, or “new prints,” movement, among them Ohara Shōson (1877–1945). He painted landscapes and depicted the Russo-Japanese War, but Shōson’s bird-and-flower works, kacho-e, established him as a master of Japanese nature prints.

Along with other prints of the time, kacho-e subjects were better received by Western collectors than at home. Two seminal exhibitions in 1930 and 1936 at the Toledo Museum of Art established Shōson in Western art circles, sparking the artist’s most successful period. He worked prolifically, creating naturalistic prints that displayed his delicate lines and skilled shading.

Ohara Shōson Boxed Note Cards

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This boxed note card set contains four Ohara Shōson prints from the collection of the Toledo Museum of Art: Plum Blossoms and Bullfinch (Baiha ni Uguisu), 1931, Camellia and Rice Birds (Tsubaki ni shirobunchō), 1929, Magnolia and Magpie (Mokuren ni Onagadori), 1931, and Vine and Japanese Bunting (Tsuta ni Hojiro), 1934. Fine stationery makes a perfect memento or gift from the National Cherry Blossom Festival, as it can be shared and appreciated long after the festival ends.

  • 20 note cards (5 each of 4 images) with envelopes
  • 5 x 7 inches
  • Printed on recycled paper
  • Decorative box

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