Our Art / Ohara Koson / Blue Irises

Blue Irises by Ohara Koson
Blue Irises by Ohara Koson

Blue Irises, 1930

Ohara Koson

The strong vertical composition of this woodblock print has an upward pull that’s a brilliant contrast to the horizontal burst of the fully opened iris at the top. You can feel this pull if you start at lower left, with the artist’s signature, and move your eyes upwards along the furled blossom and graceful, slender leaves. You can almost feel the velvety coolness of the rich purple petals of the topmost iris. At lower right, a curling leaf serves as a compositional counterbalance to the heavy blossom above. The artist was known for his stylized, yet realistic nature studies.

From the Playlist
Credit
Rijksmuseum
Get the Depict Frame
Display this piece - and hundreds more - at home with the Depict Frame, the world’s first museum-quality digital art canvas.