Shoda Koho – Ohashi Bridge at Atako

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Dimensions10 × 7 in
Artist

Koho, Shoda

Condition

(A) Very Fine Condition

Date

1910s-1930s

Edition

Mid Edition

Movement

Shin-hanga

Publisher

Hasegawa

Size

Chuban (7"x10")

Subjects

Bridge, Fishing, Landscape, Night, People

Shoda Koho 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. In the 1920s, the publisher Hasegawa commissioned a small group of artists to create woodblock prints for a series entitled “Hasegawa’s Night Scenes“, of which there were a total of 21 prints by 6 artists.

The Composition

Sudden Shower over Shin-Ōhashi Bridge and Atake

Sudden Shower over Shin-Ōhashi Bridge and Atake (Ōhashi Atake no yūdachi), from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei) by Utagawa Hiroshige

This composition, entitled “Ohashi Bridge at Atako”, is one of the more “classical” compositions of the series, harkening back 70+ years to the works of Ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Hiroshige. While the Shin-hanga movement was influenced by European Impressionism, it can be said that market forces played a part here. Hiroshige’s work was well known and sought after in both the domestic market as well as the export market, so it’s possible that Hasegawa, in commissioning the pieces for the series, sought a balance of new and old styles.

The Woodblock Print

This chuban-sized woodblock  is a mid-edition with incredibly dark and rich color in very fine condition. The darkness is not from any paper toning, but instead the richness of the ink. The orange highlights pop against the blues. A clean verso with strong edges. Full margins for a mid-edition printing. Two little spots of foxing.

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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