A beautiful chuban-sized woodblock of Miidera Temple at night with dark, 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 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 in the sky and the transitions of the light/shadows from the temple.
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.