Shoda Koho – Moonlit Pine and Pleasure Boat


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Koho, Shoda


(A+) Excellent Condition




First Edition






Oban (10"x15")


Boats, Landscape, Night, River / Lake / Ocean

This print is a very rare oban signed by Shoda Koho of a pleasure boat on a quiet water passing by a large pine tree under the full moon. We’re unable to find many examples of this print having been for sale through galleries and this print is in excellent condition.

The Woodblock Print

This chuban-sized woodblock is in excellent condition; great color and detail with delicate treatment of the bokashi shading and contrasts. Intact margins, with minor toning lines within the margins from framing. A generally clean verso.

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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