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SHODA KOHO Japanese Woodblock Print LAKE BIWA UNDER THE STARS 1920s


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SHODA KOHO Japanese Woodblock Print LAKE BIWA UNDER THE STARS 1920s


Stars Over Lake Biwa

from the series Night Scenes

Date: not dated but thought to be 1910s-20s, published by Nishinomiya with publisher's seal in the lower left margin
Size: chuban, 7.1" X 10" with no margins as shown
Condition: VG, no flaws, uncirculated print, never framed
Impression: Fine, solid key lines, and tight registration
Color: Fine, saturated color and bleed through to verso

A ferryman poles his passenger beneath the stars on Lake Biwa. The braced pine tree in the foreground is probably meant to be the famed Karasaki Pine Tree that was depicted many times by other Japanese woodblock artists including the great masters Hiroshige and Hasui.

The "Night Scene" series of prints published during the early 1900's by Hasegawa/Nishinomiya of Tokyo. There are 21 chuban-sized prints included in the series which is indicative of the early transitional style of shin-hanga, the dominant movement in Japanese print making during the first half of the twentieth century. The artists who created designs for the series were: Koho Shoda, Eijiro Kobayashi, Yoshimune Arai, Kiyochika Kobayashi, and Gyosui Suzuki.

The series is comprised of prints showing evening and night views of popular Japanese landscape tableaux often under a full moon. Variant editions employing sepia and brown tones are also known, but the series is printed primarily in blues and blacks with highlights of yellow, red and pink.

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