Songbird on a Pink Magnolia by Shoson
Ohara Shoson (1877 - 1945)
One of the most prominent woodblock print artists from the Taisho Era. Before 1912, he used the name Koson in deference to his teacher Suzuki Kason. In the later years, he changed his name to Shoson under which he published the major part of his work. He is admired, particularly by collectors in the west/outside Japan, for his focus on the tradition started in Sung China of pairing bird and flower in the same print. This had been adopted by many Japanese artists in the Edo period.