A beauty walks beneath a glowing orange lantern, her traditional Japanese umbrella shielding her against the rain. Her surroundings and her dress are timeless, and there is no hint of the postwar Tokyo to come. Originally printed in 1939, this is a post-war “lifetime” edition of the print based on its seals and coloring, printed in the 40s or early 50s.
The Woodblock Print
This “large oban”-sized woodblock is in very good condition, while defects to it are limited to the margins and verso. Strong, rich color, as opposed to the brighter colors used in later editions. A lovely copy of the print with stunning rich color and detail.
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.