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Wisteria and swallows

Ohara Shōson (Koson)

Artwork Details

Wisteria and swallows
Ohara Shōson (Koson)
color woodblock print on paper
14 1/4 in x 9 7/8 in (36.2 cm x 25.08 cm);22 1/8 in x 18 1/8 in (56.2 cm x 46.04 cm);15 3/16 in x 10 3/16 in (38.58 cm x 25.88 cm)
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Subject Matter:

Wisteria flowers are very famous flowers in Japan and symbolize love and support. They are used in kabuki theater and have been at the forefront of Japanese arts for a long time. Swallows symbolize good luck, marriage, and fertility. The combination of the swallows and wisteria may give insight into the painting's purpose; perhaps in a married couple's home or as a gift. 

Physical Description:

This colorful woodblock print depicts wisteria flowers and two swallows. Falling from the upper right, the wisteria flowers are colored in purple and blue with leaves of green and a brown branch. The swallows are perched in the center of the upper third. One bird has its wings out while the other is at rest. The faces of the swallows are red with black and dark blue wings. Their undersides are white. The background is a pale yellow and there is a signature along the right edge in the middle. Following the signature is a red circular seal.

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