Tsuchiya Koitsu – Nagaragawa Ukai

$800.00

A seldom-seen example of Nagaragawa Ukai (Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River)by Tsuchiya Koitsu with dark, rich colors that are more composed than later recarved editions which tend to be brighter, more brightly saturated, and less tonal.

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A seldom-seen example of Nagaragawa Ukai (Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River) by Tsuchiya Koitsu with dark, rich colors that are more composed than later recarved editions which tend to be brighter, more brightly saturated, and less tonal. 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).

Ukai, cormorant fishing on the pristine Nagara river,  is one of the most summer sights of Gifu City. Cormorant fishing on the Nagara River is held every night during the season from May 11 through October 15, with the exception of the harvest moon period, when river water levels are swollen. Ukai is a traditional night fishing method in which an usho (Cormorant Fishing Master) and u (cormorant birds) work together to fish by the flames of Kagari-bi (fishing fire lanterns) reflecting on the dark surface of the river, with Mount Kinka and Gifu Castle on its summit providing a dramatic backdrop to the scene.

The Woodblock Print

This oban woodblock by Koitsu is in very good condition. Rich, saturated colors are unblemished within the print, the main flaw being the residue/discoloration on the top margin (only within the margin). A clean verso. Beautiful bokashi shading of the dark night sky and reflective water. A stunning example of this print with dark, rich colors that are more composed than later editions which tend to be brighter or faded in their tones.

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

Date

1910s-1930s, 1940s-1950s

Edition

Early Edition

Movement

Shin-hanga

Publisher

Doi Hangaten

Size

Oban (10"x15")

Subjects

Fishing, Landscape, Night