Artwork Details for Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) "Tsuchiya Koitsu: Adoration of Scenery"
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Tsuchiya Koitsu: Adoration of Scenery - 風光礼讃 - 土屋光逸展
by Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) - 土屋光逸
|Artist:||Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) - 土屋光逸|
|Title:||Tsuchiya Koitsu: Adoration of Scenery - 風光礼讃 - 土屋光逸展|
|Date:||1999 (this artwork: First edition)|
|Publisher:||Chigasaki City Museum of Art - 茅ヶ崎市美術館|
|Medium:||Catalog - カタログ|
|Format:||N/A, 30 x 21cm
|Condition:||New pristine condition.|
|Notes:||Presented here is the only soft-copy reference available for the prints of Tsuchiya Koitsu. Chigasaki Museum's "Tsuchiya Koitsu - Adoration of Scenery" (pronounced 'Fuukou Raisen' in Japanese) is an 80-page catalog containing many of Koitsu's most famous shin hanga woodblock print scenes in vivid colour. It also contains never-to-be-seen unpublished works (hanshita-e) and also Koitsu's very rare watercolour paintings. Included in this reference text are a small selection of rare prints by Koitsu's contemporaries - Kiyochika Kobayashi, Kawase Hasui, and Hiroaki Takahashi (Shotei). Although the text is in the Japanese language, it is still an invaluable reference source of Koitsu's early and later works, and when used in conjunction with my Koitsu virtual catalog on Koitsu.com it becomes a powerful tool for serious collectors of Koitsu prints.
The contents of this reference include:
60 full-colour images of Koitsu's published woodblock prints;
19 full-colour images of Koitsu's unpublished 'hanshita-e';
22 full-colour images of Koitsu sketches and watercolours;
17 full-colour images of Hasui Kawase's published woodblock prints;
3 full-colour images of woodblock prints by Shotei (Takahashi Hiroaki);
1 full-colour image of a Koson/Shoson woodblock prints;
Comprehensive description and background information on each Koitsu print (16-pages);
8-page comprehensive biography on Tsuchiya Koitsu's life (in cronological order)
|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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