Koho Shoda: Wave at sunrise
from the series Japanese scenes on Tanzaku
Japan, Taisho period, 1910-20s
Colour 'pillar' woodblock print, ink and colour on paper, 9 x 37 cm, undated, but probably 1910-20s, published by Nishinomiya, with Shoda Koho seals in red at bottom right
tanzaku, very good condition, uncirculated with fine impression, solid key lines, and tight registration.
Fine, saturated colour and bleed through to verso.
Wave at sunrise from the series Japanese scenes on Tanzaku (pillar prints).
Koho Shoda (1871-1946) was part of the shin hanga movement ('new prints'), but not much is known about him. Koho worked with Nishinomiya Yosaku, a Tokyo publisher. The artist came into the focus when the collection of the famous art dealer and art collector Robert O. Muller came into the awareness of a larger public after his death in 2003.