Artwork Details for Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) "Takanawa Sengakuji Temple"


Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) - Takanawa Sengakuji Temple

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Takanawa Sengakuji Temple
by Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) - 土屋光逸

Artist:Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) - 土屋光逸
Title:Takanawa Sengakuji Temple
Series:Tokyo Views
Date:1933 May (this item: First edition)
Publisher:Doi Sadaichi - 土井貞一
Medium:Woodblock - 木版画
Format:Oban - 大判, 36.4 x 23.9cm (image size)
Artwork Code:9528-Tsuchiya_Koitsu
Notes:Koitsu Raisonne catalogue code TK-DH-7. This print is a rare first edition from the pre-war series "Tokyo Views", with blue series seal in the mid right margin. Information in left margin indicates Doi Sadaichi as the publisher, Katsumura as the carver of the wood blocks, and Goto as the printer. Koitsu characters and red shin seal in lower left of image. The graves of the 47 Ronin of Chushingura are at this temple.

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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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