||KOSON (Shoson OHARA)
||"Carp Leaping Up a Waterfall"
||1935 (Undated, but published in 1935 per Blair--old.)
||Obtained directly from Robert O. Muller's Collection prior to his death
(via dealer contact).
||No marginal data (Blair).
||9 3/8 x 10 3/4 ("shikishiban")
||Very Fine. Superbly executed "bokashi" shading; light "gauffrage"
(embossing) to carp and falling water; crisp lines,
highly detailed. (Natural paper fiber upper/left margin.)
||Excellent. Excellent colors. Full, original margins.
(A couple tiny spots--otherwise flawless.)
||Blair's 1936 "Toledo Exhibition" pl. #204; "Crow, Cranes, and Camellias" #S39.4 and cat #170, pg 162.
||Dramatic--one of Koson's finest images.
VERY rare (only copy we've ever encountered)--and nearly flawless.
In Japanese folklore, the carp is a symbol of perseverance. Not often seen.