Reader Collection > Exhibitions > Koson’s Prints ... but not in the book















One of Japan’s most famous designers of flower-and-bird prints is the 20th century artist Koson Ohara. His more than 500 designs for woodblock prints far outnumber those of any of his contemporaries. Many of these woodblock prints are shown in a book about his art, published in 2001. The book’s title page is shown on the right. The book’s authors note that “only those prints by the artist for which reproducible images were obtainable have been included. This has resulted in the insufficient representation of certain prints and formats such as those in the small souvenir ‘postcard’ size (c. 140 x 90 mm)”. The Reader Collection of Japanese Flower-and-Bird art includes 30 of Koson’s smaller print designs which were not in the book. These not-in-the-book prints are the subject of this virtual exhibition. The 30 prints are arranged by size, starting with the smallest. For each print the following information is given: names of the flowers and (or) birds depicted and print size.













1   Japanese laurel (Aucuba japonica) and Java sparrow (Padda oryzivora), 75 x 105 mm



2   Heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica) and Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus), 90 x 140 mm











3   Cherry (Prunus sp.) and green peafowl (Pavo muticus), 90 x 140 mm




4   Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) and golden pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus), 95 x 145 mm











5   Little ringed plover (Charadrius dubius), 100 x 155 mm



6   Scops owl (Otus sp.), 105 x 155 mm












7   Copper pheasant (Syrmaticus soemmerringii), 100 x 145 mm



8   Large-billed crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), 105 x 155 mm











9   Cherry (Prunus sp.) and Java sparrow (Padda oryzivora), 120 x 165 mm



10   Common snipe (Gallinago gallinago), 120 x 170 mm











11   White-fronted goose (Anser albifrons), 115 x 180 mm



12   Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonicus), 120 x 180 mm











13   Cherry (Prunus sp.) and barn swallow (Hirundo rustica), 125 x 185 mm




14   Common reed (Phragmites australis) and white-fronted goose (Anser albifrons), 125 x 185 mm











15   Red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis), 95 x 200 mm



16   Little egret (Egretta garzetta). 130 x 185 mm












17   White-cheeked starling (Sturnus cineraceus), 145 x 205 mm



18   Large-billed crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), 150 x 205 mm











19   Mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos), 150 x 210 mm



20   Mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos), 150 x 205 mm











21   Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus), 150 x 210 mm



22   Cherry (Prunus sp.) and Daurian redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus), 150 x 210 mm











23   Oriental reed warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis), 150 x 205 mm




24   Asiatic dayflower (Commelina communis) and Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica), 150 x 210 mm











25   Pomegranate (Punica granatum), scarlet macaw (Ara macao) and hyacinth macaw (Amodorhynchus hyacinthinus), 105 x 265 mm



26   Common reed (Phragmites australis) and white-fronted goose (Anser albifrons), 90 x 250 mm












27   Common reed (Phragmites australis) and mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos), 175 x 255 mm



28   Black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), 180 x 255 mm












29   China rose (Rosa chinensis) and canary (Serinus canaria), 185 x 255 mm




30   Japanese laurel (Aucuba japonica) and Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus), 85 x 250 mm





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