Night Rain at Yokohama City by Nishimura Hodo

Night Rain at Yokohama City by Nishimura Hodo

Night Rain at Yokohama City

Nishimura Hodo

Title

Night Rain at Yokohama City

 
Artist
Year
1933  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
14 5/16 x 9 5/16" image 
Signature
in image with red artist's seal, lower right 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
titled and dated in left margin; publishers information in lower right. 
Reference
 
Paper
heavy antique-white laid hosho 
State
published 
Publisher
Hideo Takemura 
Inventory ID
20689 
Price
$400.00 
Description

This color woodcut by Nishimura Hodo (who also signed as Saito Hodo) depicts a night street scene in Yokohama. Everyone has their umbrellas opened and the lights create subtle shadows of the figures in the foreground. The effect of rain is created using spider-web thin silver lines that become more apparent in a raking light and almost disapper when the image is viewed straight on.

Nishimura Hodo , who also signed as Saito Hodo, was a woodblock print and watercolor artist. His woodblock prints were published via Takemura Hideo in Yokohama in the mid to late 1930s. These were simply signed with his 'gago' (artist pseudonym) "Hodo", and sealed "Ho", with no indication of the family name (as is usual practice).

His watercolours are signed "H. Saito", his family name (Saito) plus first initial of his gago "H". Initially there was no conclusive evidence that the woodblock print artist Hodo was the watercolor artist H. Saito, although the styles were very similar, and they both worked with the publisher Takemura. It now appears that they are the same.