Shoda Koho – Black Cat at Night

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Artist

Koho, Shoda

Condition

(A+) Excellent Condition

Date

1910s-1930s

Movement

Shin-hanga

Publisher

Nishinomiya

Size

Ko-tanzaku (3"x13.5")

Subjects

Birds / Beasts, Night

Pillar prints, or ko-tanzaku, are a format that creates beautiful challenges for the artist and their compositions. In this print Shoda Koho utilizes the 3″ wide by 13″ tall format to capture a black cat prowling the outdoors at night, the only light coming from the reflection of its eyes. One of the most sought-after prints from the series. This print is Hasegawa Catalog Number 1602 from the series “Japanese Scenes on Tanzaku“.

The Composition

Vertical, narrow prints are a by-product of traditional Japanese architecture, which offered very few solid wall surfaces. Many times, the only solid surface available for the hanging of pictures, were the structural posts which held up the roof. “Pillar prints” became a genre unto themselves and were referred to in Japanese as hashira-e or tanzaku.

The Woodblock Print

This print is in excellent condition with good color, no visible fading, discoloration, or foxing to be seen. These prints are typically found without any margins; this print has 2 margins and a kento mark in the lower right corner indicating it was not trimmed. A mostly verso with a “Made in Japan” stamp; small areas of discoloration on the verso top margin where it was tipped.

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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