Artwork Details for Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) "Seto Inland Sea, Akashi Bay"

Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) - Seto Inland Sea, Akashi Bay - 瀬戸内海 明石の港

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Seto Inland Sea, Akashi Bay - 瀬戸内海 明石の港
by Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) - 土屋光逸

Artist:Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) - 土屋光逸
Title:Seto Inland Sea, Akashi Bay - 瀬戸内海 明石の港
Date:1938, March (this artwork: Posthumous strike)
Publisher:Doi Eiichi - 土井英一
Medium:Woodblock - 木版画
Format:Large Oban - 大大判, 39.2 x 26.1cm (image size)
Condition:Pristine condition. Full margins; No creases, tears, folds, stains or foxing. Doi watermark in upper left-hand corner.
Price: Sold
Artwork Code:10426-Tsuchiya_Koitsu
Notes:Koitsu Raisonne catalogue code TK-DH-46. Date and title lower right margin. Red artist seal and signature at lower right. Doi Eiichi publisher seal, printer Seki seal, and carver Harada seal in lower left margin. Originally from the incomplete pre-war 12-print series "Collection of Views of Japan" (only 7 scenes completed).
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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