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Last NameShoson / Koson / Hōson    
Given NameOhara    
alt. NamesO. S. / O. K. ; 小原 古邨 / born Ohara Matao ;    
Year born1877 in Kanazawa, Japan    
Year died1945    
Place of deathTokyo, Japan    
Father's occupation    
Educationstarted training in painting and design at the Ishikawa Prefecture Technical School 1889-1893; also studied painting with Suzuki Kason (1860-1919)    
Country of ActivityJapan    
Worked for    
Patronage1930 & 1936 Toledo Museum exhibits ; today Ohara Shoson Collections are kept at Fine Arts Museum California, Honolulu, Minneapolis, Newark State Univ.    
Collaboratorssince c. 1926, O. K. associated with publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō, and signed his work Shōson ; also worked with publisher Kawaguchi, then signing his works Hōson ;    
Techniquesbotanical, ichthyological, and ornithological naturalistic painting & colored prints of animals (kachō-ga) ; also woodblock triptych    
Archival sourceswww.fandrfinearts.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=14&zenid=01cf1b9350bb0fddcaf9d0426a008834 ;Coll.: Fine Arts Mus.California, Honolulu;Minneapolis    
Published sourcesA. R. Newland et al.: Crows, Cranes & Camellias. The Natural World of O. K. Japanese prints from the Jan Perrée collection (Leiden 2001) ; C. E. Jackson: Fish in Art (London 2012: 162f.) ;    
otherJapanese painter and printmaker, member of the shin-hanga ("new prints") movement; moved to Tokyo in the middle to late 1890s.    

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