Tsuchiya Koitsu – Mandarin Ducks
An early post-war edition print by Tsuchiya Koitsu of Mandarin ducks swimming under a snow-covered pine tree.
An early post-war edition print by Tsuchiya Koitsu of Mandarin ducks swimming under a snow-covered pine tree. The format is mitsugiri-ban (vertical pillar), and based on the seals, published by Doi Hangaten, bearing the Doi watermark.
The Woodblock Print
This woodblock measures approximately 15.75 x 7.5 inches and is in very good condition with only minor residue on the verso. Strong, beautiful colors in the ducks and throughout, skillful bokashi shading in the background. Large upper margin with a deckled edge.
About the Artist
Tsuchiya Koitsu is a well-known artist of the Shin Hanga movement, but not among the trendy names like Hasui. As with many shin hanga artists, Tsuchiya Koitsu specialized in landscape images.
Born in 1879 in rural Japan with the given name Koichi. He became a student of the ukiyo-e master Kiyochika Kobayashi (1847-1915) after starting an apprenticeship for a woodblock carver who worked for Kobayashi. Soon the ukiyo-e master himself took care of the young Koitsu, where he stayed and worked for 19 years in the home of his master. From 1931 on, Tsuchiya Koitsu became one of the artists working for the publisher Watanabe in the shin hanga style. His style is reminiscent of the works of his master Kobayashi and of the famous shin hanga artists Kawase Hasui and Hiroshi Yoshida. In typical shin hanga style Tsuchiya Koitsu intensively used the effects of light to create moods and emotions in his images.