Kunstaankopen, kunstbehoud, monografieën, exposities
Frans & Kapma Foundation


There is so much marvellous art in this world. Art that wanders through
thoughts and the stories behind the thoughts. Here is a first impression
of art that fascinates us.

Discover the artists represented in the FRANS & KAPMA COLLECTION.

109. Helen Martina
110. Chris Soer
111. Ada Stel
112. F.A. Mooy
113. Nico van Rijn
114. Jack Jefferys
115. Laetitia de Haas
116. Willem van den Berg
117. Aris Knikker
118. Herman Bieling
119. János Bittenbinder
120. Cornelis Vreedenburgh

'Japanese woman in traditional clothing'
Watercolour on paper, 23 x 13 cm,
Signed: lower right 's.hodo'
Saito Hodo (-)

How meticulously, yes lovingly, the artist has painted this Japanese woman, who is wiping the yard around her house with a traditional broom. We buy this beautiful watercolour in 2007 at the now abolished auction Hondius in the village Almen (Achterhoek). Spontaneously we bid, impressed by the powerful stance of the old woman - with her hair pulled back in a bun and her feet in flip-flops - and by the beautiful colours and the pleats of her dress. Later we see on the Internet on another painting of Saito Hodo the same woman in about the same pose sweeping the yard at her home. Apparently this woman is a popular model of the painter or perhaps his wife, his sister or his mother.

We also find two other watercolours by Saito Hodo: an 'old man', leaning on his spade in a characteristic posture and a 'pilgrim in the snow'. Both watercolours have the same appearance and the same signature. You can say that Hodo manages to portray his characters very aptly.

However, who is this Saito Hodo anyway? He is called a well-known Japanese watercolour painter, who has lived in the early 20th century. Precise data are lacking. Through Google we discover that Dr. Ross Walker, collector of Japanese watercolours and woodcuts (www.ohmigallery.com)assumes that Saito Hodo also used the name Nishimura Hodo and perhaps also signed with H. Saito. The latter is not illogical, since in Japan, as in more Asian countries, it is customary to write the Christian name after the family name.

Walker believes he needs to do more research to say something about the artist with certainty. He does know by means of a sticker on the back of a painting that Hideo Takemura (1905-1995) of Takemura & Co. in Yokohama, has sold this type of watercolours and woodcuts.

For the time being it remains guessing who Saito Hodo is. Our delving into the history of the maker of the watercolour brought us at least into contact with a different world, surely a world full of beauty.