A view of the harbor at Numazu as a boatman steers his craft across the water. Numerous buildings line the shore, boats docked at the water’s edge, the complete view framed by pine branches at right. Mt. Fuji rises above the mountains in the distance, the snow-capped peak looming above misty clouds.
The Woodblock Print
This rarely-seen oban-sized woodblock is in fair condition; it has been trimmed to the edges of the image and shows fading/wear on the edges. The rest of the print has vibrant saturated color.
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.