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Tsuchiya Koitsu – Lake Shoji


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A beautiful and majestic view of the serene Lake Shoji with the magnificent peak of Mt. Fuji dominating the horizon. The mountain is beautifully reflected in the calm water below, a single sailboat making its way across the lake. A few clouds dot the sky and a soft yellow glow spreads along the horizon, subtle shades of blue and green abounding.

While this print is missing the publisher mark typically found in the left margin, based on a comparison of this prints from various editions, we believe this to be an early edition printing. For example, later editions seem to have fewer color zones in the left size of the water/reflections.

The Woodblock Print

This oban-sized woodblock is in excellent condition. Beautiful color without any fading or discolorations, visible woodgrain, clean and intact margins, and a clean verso. No toning to the paper. A stunning example of this print by Koitsu.

About the Artist

Tsuchiya Koitsu (土屋光逸, September 23, 1870 – November 13, 1949) is a well-known artist of the Shin-Hanga movement who specialized almost exclusively 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.



Koitsu, Tsuchiya


(A+) Excellent Condition




Early Edition




Doi Hangaten


Oban (10"x15")


Landscape, Mt Fuji, River / Lake / Ocean

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