Tsuchiya Koitsu - After moving to Tokyo at age fifteen, Koitsu studied for many years with the woodblock artist Kobayashi Kiyochika. Known for his beautiful landscape prints with a dramatic use of light and shade, Koitsu was one of the leaders of the shin-hanga or new print movement in 20th century Japan.
Comments - Beautiful image of two geisha at the entrance to a teahouse off a small lane in Yotsuya. Light spills from the open doorway, casting a rosy glow out on the street. The silhouette of a beauty can be seen in the upper story shoji window. A lovely print with handsome architectural detail and attractive color.
Signed - Koitsu with red artists seal "shin" (true)
Publisher - Doi, later edition from original blocks
Artist - Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870 - 1949)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Drying hole at top left corner. Ink marks, a few creases at edges. Please see photos for details.