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 - Handsome autumn view of Takao with colorful maple trees flanking a bridge. A farm woman balances a load of brushwood atop her head as she crosses the structure. A lovely design, beautifully colored and composed. Stamped on reverse "Wood block printed by/H. Takemura & Co./45 Bentendori/Yokohama Japan." A very rare Tsuchiya Koitsu design and a great choice for a shin-hanga collector. .
Collection Note from Bill: - I was excited to acquire this very rare shin-hanga print by Tsuchiya Koitsu recently in Japan. This design was not published by Watanabe but by a small Yokohama publisher. We have never seen this print before, neither for sale nor in a museum collection. This is a great choice for the serious collector interested in rare shin-hanga prints. Don’t miss out!
Signed - With red artist's seal "Kiyoshi" at lower right within image
Publisher - Takemura Hideo, with red gourd seal "Takemura" at lower left within image and stamp on reverse
Artist - Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870 - 1949)
Image Size - 9 3/4" x 6 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Fold across corner. Slight toning, a few spots. Please see photos for details.
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