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Woodcutter up a Tree
Shoda Koho
This print was produced as a part of a series of prints published first by Hasegawa Takejiro, prior to 1919, and later by his son Nishinomiya Yosaku. I have documented the series on this page, writing this:

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 design of pleasing compositions within such a constrained format is a serious challenge for the artist. Yoshimoto Gesso and Shoda Koho, the artists who designed the prints in this series, have certainly risen to this challenge and produced a wide variety of wonderful designs.

This print, designed by Koho, is a bit amusing. If you look closely (see the "Extra Picture") you'll see that this logger is about to have a pretty serious mishap. He is cutting the tree below where he is tied off. If the treetop falls before he has a chance to change his rigging, he's going down hard.

Nishinomiya Yosaku - The son of, and successor to, Takejiro Hasegawa.
shin hanga print
Image Size:
38.0 x 7.8 cm   (15 x 3.1 inches)
for sale
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male figure, mountain, tree
(3.5 / 5.0) - Faded, as evidenced by fade line in upper 1/2" of the print. A little bit sloppy trim job on the left side. Upper corners have been bumped around a bit.
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