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Japanese Woodblock Print by Tsuchiya Koitsu


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Woodblock Prints: Shinhanga: Pre 1980: Item # 1302278
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A Japanese woodblock print titled "Nikko Sacred Bridge"by renowned artist Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870-1949). Inscription and red seal in bottom corner. 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 ofr 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 (1903). In Taisho (1922) he moved to his wife's place of birth in Chigasaki City and lived there until his death. In 1932 he started to produce landscape prints in the shin hang style for Watanabe, the first being titles 'Cherry Blossom Viewing at Gion' and he went on to design a total of ten prints for Watanabe. Size: 10" height, 15" length