Koho Shoda is one of the shin hanga artists - and he is not the only one - about whom the art scene has hardly any information. Imagine, we are not talking about an artist who died many, many centuries ago. No, we are talking about a Japanese artist of the 20th century. Crazy!
For someone who has just started to get acquainted with Japanese art prints, this is something hard to believe and to understand. Experienced collectors of Japanese prints are used to it, and may have accepted that the Japanese created great art prints, but sometimes do not even know the life data of an artist of the 20th century.
Is it that the Japanese do not appreciate their own art? Only crazy foreigners do? Even after dealing with Japanese prints for more than 15 years, I have not yet found an answer to this question, at least not an answer that satisfies a straight-forward working Western mind like mine.
At least we know the artist's woodblock prints. You can study more than 200 sold prints in our archive. Thus we hope that we can contribute a little bit to preserve the knowledge of Japanese art prints.
Koho Shoda 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 he had deceased in 2003.
The woodblock prints by Koho SHoda were published by Nishinomiya Yosaku. We do not know much about the date of the first publication of these prints either. In our descriptions of Koho Shoda prints we usually specify as first publishing date something as precise as 1910-1930s. It is astonishing that nobody has requested yet that the artelino team, with Dieter and Yorie in the forefront, be banned to a desolate island in the Japanese sea!
Author: Dieter Wanczura