Tsuchiya Koitsu – Snowy Miyajima

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A beautiful chuban-sized woodblock of Miyajima Shrine in the snow with beautiful, vibrant saturated colors.

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A beautiful chuban-sized woodblock of Miyajima Shrine in the snow with beautiful, vibrant saturated colors. Published by Doi Hangaten, carved by Harada, printed by Yokoi, this print is an exemplary printing, with research dating the printing from 1936-1962 (E seal).

The Woodblock Print

This chuban woodblock by Koitsu is in good to very good condition. Rich, saturated colors with clean margins and a clean verso but with toning to the verso (not evident from the front). Beautiful bokashi shading of the setting sun. A very faint and narrow strip of possible matburn discoloration along the right edge of the temple’s roof is the singular fault.

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.

Artist

Koitsu, Tsuchiya

Condition

(A) Very Fine Condition, (B) Fine Condition

Date

1910s-1930s

Edition

Early Edition

Movement

Shin-hanga

Publisher

Doi Hangaten

Size

Chuban (7"x10")

Subjects

Night, Shrines / Temples, Snow