There is little/no documentation on this print, but we believe it’s part of a series of perhaps 14 silhouette prints measuring roughly 9cm by 21cm printed by Hasegawa Takejiro in the 1930s.
The Woodblock Print
This sho-tanzaku-sized woodblock print by Shoda Koho is in very good condition; strong colors, fully intact paper and margins, delicate details. Clean margins and a clean verso. Delicate bokashi.
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), 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“.