Watercolour After Ohara Koson Woodblock Starlings Red Berries


Artist: T.G. Williams MSA, after Ohara Koson (1877-1945)
Title: Starlings and Red Berries
Medium: Watercolour on Paper
Date: 1914

An unusual, but finely painted watercolour after Ohara Koson’s iconic woodblock print.

Ohara Koson (1877-1945) was a painter and print designer, active at the beginning of the twentieth century. He was of the Shin-Hanga or ‘New Prints’ movement, which revived the Japanese traditions of collaboration between, artist, carver, printer and publisher. It came about as an alternative to the ‘creative prints’ movement, which held that the artist should carve, print and publish their own works. He later became affiliated to the eminent publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō, helping to sell his works across the world, particularly in The West, where they proved highly influential with the European Impressionists. Rodin collected Japanese prints in his youth, whilst an impoverished Van Gogh purchased a folder of woodblock prints to hang on his bedroom wall.

Almost nothing is known of the artist T.G. Williams, though his signature often bears the ‘MSA’ abbreviation for the Manchester School of Art. A portrait of him in the City Literary Institute, a centre for adult education was painted by Walter Ernest Webster in 1935 and was gifted by the students.

Size (Frame): 51.5 x 36 x 1.5cm
Size (Image): 33.5 x 18cm
Weight: 1.2kg