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Dancing Fox

Dancing Fox


Ohara Koson 小原 古邨

(Japanese, 1877–1945)

Color woodcut

Gift in honor of Delbert Gutridge, CMA Registrar 1968-1996 2016.546

Catalogue raisonné: Newland, Perree, and Schapp K41.15

Edition: Edition with grasses in the background.



In this whimsical Japanese color woodcut, a fox holds a giant green leaf on its head and dances on its hind legs in the rain. A prolific printmaker, Ohara Koson created hundreds of kachōga, a genre encompassing images of nature. Translating characteristics of traditional Japanese painting into color woodcuts, Koson depicted flowers, insects, fish, birds, and mammals. Dancing Fox is one of a few in which he imagined a lighthearted scenario.

See also
Japanese Art
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Color woodcut

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