Artwork Details for Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) "Kyoto Nijo Castle"


Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) - Kyoto Nijo Castle - 京都二条城

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Kyoto Nijo Castle - 京都二条城
by Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) - 土屋光逸

Artist:Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) - 土屋光逸
Title:Kyoto Nijo Castle - 京都二条城
Date:1933 April (this item: Pre-war strike)
Publisher:Iida Kunitaro - 飯田国太郎
Medium:Woodblock - 木版画
Format:Mitsugiri - 三つ切り, 16.7 x 36.4cm (image size)
Artwork Code:11893-Tsuchiya_Koitsu
Notes:Koitsu Raisonne code TK-DH-5. This is an original pre-war edition printed by the publisher Iida Kunitaro. We believe Iida was commissioned by Doi Sadaichi to print several scenes for a short time around circa 1937, when Doi Sadaichi was in some difficulty (see the Koitsu Raisonne for further details). Printed by Sakakura.

The seals read as follows:

(1)Publisher name in upper rectangle of left margin:
Hanken Shoyuu (Copy Right) "版権所有" IIDA KUNITAROU ”飯田國太郎”

(2)Lower right side as Seisaku Shunin ”制作主任”(production chief):
HIRAI ”平井”

(3)Lower left side as Suri ”摺” (carver):SAKAKURA ”坂倉”


HIRAI (as Hirai Koichi ”平井 孝一(市)”) was active pre-war, and
SAKAURA (as Sakakura Seijirou ”坂倉 清次郎”) was active as a skilful printer both in the pre-war and post-war period, and who died in 1962 at his age 81.

Note the lack of a carver seal, as we would expect for a commissioned printing. The carver was probably the original Doi Hangaten carver for this print. I'm sure keyline analysis will confirm this.

This artwork is from my personal collection and is not for sale.

Artist Biography:
Born in 1870 near Hamamatsu City (Shizuoka Prefecture) with the name "Sahei", Koitsu moved to Tokyo at the age of fifteen. He had planned to apprentice with Matsuzaki, a carver for the artist Kobayashi Kiyochika, but instead, he became Kiyochika's apprentice and moved into his home to study art and print design. It is through Kiyochika that Koitsu gained his trademark skill in the subtle use of light and shadow for his landscape prints. Koitsu lived with Kiyochika for 19 years and was considered more a member of Kiyochika's family than an apprentice. He worked and studying with Kiyochika until around Meiji 36 (1903). In Taisho 11 (1922) he moved to his wife's place of birth in Chigasaki City and lived there until his death. Although Koitsu first designed woodblock prints during the Sino-Japanese war (1894-1895), and later worked as a lithographer (around 1897 to 1905), he only really became a successful artist after his chance-meeting with Watanabe Shozaburo, the founder of the shin hanga print movement, at an exhibition of Kiyochika's works in 1931 that marked the anniversary of Kiyochika's death. In 1932 he started to produce landscape prints in the shin hanga style for Watanabe, the first being titled 'Cherry Blossom Viewing at Gion', and he went on to design a total of ten prints for Watanabe. He later designed prints for various publishers including Doi Sadaichi (known incorrectly in the West as Doi Teiichi), and a few prints for Kawaguchi, the Kyoto publisher Baba Nobuhiko, the publisher Tanaka Shobido, and the publisher Takemura. Around the same time that Tsuchiya Koitsu began his shin hanga career, another artist by the name of Ishiwata Koitsu was also pursuing a career as a shin-hanga landscape artist. Despite sharing the same given name "Koitsu", the two men were not related. Their works are sometimes confused since both artists signed their works "Koitsu". However, the styles of their woodblock prints are quite distinctive, as are their seals.
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