Shoda Koho – Mountain Hikers
An unsigned small pillar, attributed to Shoda Koho, depicting three hikers hiking up a mountain. Koho created a number of pieces in this size and style, and this one is commonly attributed to him based on those factors. It is, however, quite a rare find.
The Woodblock Print
While we've listed this print as a mitsugiri size, it's actually 3.5" x 8", which would be a half-kakuban. The print is in good condition, with no toning or discolorations to the print, while being a small and lovely composition. At the same time, there are flaws to the paper from where it was tipped, leaving a thinned area above the mountaintop. A beautiful, quiet, and pensive piece of work.
About the Artist
Shoda Koho (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.