Benkei Bridge at Night, 1933

by Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870 - 1949)

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Benkei Bridge at Night, 1933  by Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870 - 1949)

Original Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870 - 1949) Japanese Woodblock Print
Benkei Bridge at Night, 1933

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 night scene of the famous Benkei Bridge, the distant pathway lined with blossoming cherry trees. Lanterns at both sides of the bridge cast a soft yellow glow, and the cherry blossoms are a delicate lavender shade as evening falls. A lovely contemplative image, beautifully composed and colored.

Signed - Koitsu, with red artist's seal "shin" (true)
Publisher - Doi, later edition from original blocks

Artist - Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870 - 1949)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 3/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.

Benkei Bridge at Night, 1933  by Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870 - 1949)
Benkei Bridge at Night, 1933  by Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870 - 1949)