Shoda Koho – Sudden Shower on Cherry Blossoms

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Additional information

Artist

Koho, Shoda

Condition

(A) Very Fine Condition

Date

1910s-1930s

Movement

Shin-hanga

Publisher

Nishinomiya

Size

Oban (10"x15")

Subjects

Landscape, People, Rain

People are hurrying to get a shelter from a sudden shower with high winds; several cherry trees in full bloom stand on the background.

The Woodblock Print

This oban-sized woodblock print by Shoda Koho is in very good condition; strong colors, fully intact paper and margins, delicate details. Printed on a darker paper. There is residue on the verso from where it was tacked at the corners, and a little wrinkling in the upper left margin area. A publisher sticker “355” covers the “Made in Japan” stamp on the verso.

A rare print by Shoda Koho in very good condition.

About the Artist

Shoda Koho (庄田耕峯, ca. 1871-1946) was a Japanese artist associated with the shin-hanga (“New Prints”) art movement in Japan during the early 20th century. This movement was influenced by European Impressionism and its imagery focused on landscapes, women, and nature.

Kan Shoda (also sometimes identified as Hiroshima Koho), was born in Kanda, Tokyo as the second son of Yasushi Shoda.  After graduating from school be became a student of Ogata Gekko to study historical portraits and bijin-ga, and entered the Chuo Shimbun to draw illustrations. The third prize was given at the “Ningyo Maizu” exhibited at the 4th Painting Co-Promotion Society of the Japan Youth Painting Association held in 1895, and the 2nd painting of the Japan Painting Association in 1897.

Shoda Koho’s entire body of work seems to have been done for Hasegawa/Nishinomiya Publishing and ranged from standalone prints, illustrations that were done for various books and calendars, and series such as in the Hasegawa’s Night Scenes series) and the series “Japanese Scenes on Tanzaku“.

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