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Inventory #:
10074 **SOLD**
Black Cat at Night
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, seems to be the one highest in demand in the marketplace according to recent sales price history. It's priced accordingly.

The limited palette of black with shades of grey, contrasted with the bright eyes grabs the viewer's attention. This is one beautiful print and an icon of the genre.

Nishinomiya Yosaku - The son of, and successor to, Takejiro Hasegawa.
shin hanga kacho print
Image Size:
33.9 x 7.8 cm   (13.3 x 3.1 inches)
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cat, night
(4.0 / 5.0) - A thin strip along the top verso where tape from a previous mounting was removed.
More Pictures:
Large :: Verso :: Artist seal :: Publisher seal

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