Shoda Koho – At a Night Market, from the series Silhouettes


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Koho, Shoda


(A) Very Fine Condition










Sho-tanzaku (3.75"x10")


Cityscape, People

A small, simple, yet striking image from a barely known series by Shoda Koho and likely published by Nishinomiya, this one of people in a night market. This print is unsigned, yet we have found others from the series that bear the signature of Shoda Koho, so we’re assuming they’re all designed by him. In this series Shoda Koho uses a fairly limited color palette but utilizes beautiful, simple forms to create depth.

The Woodblock Print

This woodblock print measures roughly 3.5″x8″ and is in very fine condition. Printed on a slightly thicker stock, it has lovely color. All of the images from this series have seemed to be trimmed as shown in this example.

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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