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Tsuchiya Koitsu - 1879-1949

Item # 69193 - Shinobazu Pond in Ueno - Ueno Shinobazu no Ike - Sold for $300 - 9/18/2016
"Ueno Shinobazu no Ike". Shinobazu Pond in the Ueno park in the evening. The silhouette of the tall pagoda of Toshogu shrine looms faintly in the distance.

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By Koitsu Tsuchiya 1870-1949

Tsuchiya Koitsu is a well-known artist of the Shin Hanga movement, but not among the trendy names like Hasui, Ito Shinsui or Natori Shunsen. Tsuchiya Koitsu specialized in landscape images. His beautiful prints are of excellent quality and a good buy for collectors of Japanese twentieth century prints.

Tsuchiya Koitsu - Student of Kiyochika

Tsuchiya Koitsu was born in rural Japan with the given name Koichi. He became a student of the ukiyo-e master Kiyochika Kobayashi (1847-1915) after starting an apprenticeship for a woodblock carver who worked for Kiyochika. Soon the ukiyo-e master Kiyochika himself took care of the young Koitsu. Tsuchiya Koitsu stayed and worked for 19 years in the home of his master.

Beautiful Landscape Prints

The first print designs by Tsuchiya were war prints depicting scenes of the Sino Japanese war (1894-1895).

From 1931 on, Tsuchiya Koitsu became one of the artists working for the publisher Watanabe in shin hanga style. Koitsu specialized in landscape prints. His style reminds of the works of his master Kobayashi and of the famous shin hanga artists Kawase Hasui and Hiroshi Yoshida. In typical shin hanga style Tsuchiya Koitsu intensively used the effects of light to create moods and emotions in his images.

Other publishers for whom Tsuchiya Koitsu worked, are Doi and Kawaguchi. During the 1930s and 1940s, Koitsu was quite productive in shin hanga landscape designs. His prints have been a bit neglected on the art market, but have gained in appreciation and price during the last years.

Koitsu prints are solid works, beautiful and by no means mediocre. This makes this artist interesting for novice collectors and those who have an open eye for discoveries.

Gallery of Tsuchiya Koitsu Prints

And here are a few nice examples of woodblock prints by Tsuchiya Koitsu.

Item # 42518 - Zojo-ji Temple in Snow - Sold for $220 - 11/15/2009
"Zojoji no Yuki". Zojoji Temple in the snow.

The artelino archive offers a database of more than 50,000 sold Japanese prints with detailed descriptions, large images and results. artelino clients with an active purchase history and authorized consignors of artelino have full access to our archive. Read the archive guide and test a trial version.
By Koitsu Tsuchiya 1870-1949
Item # 49240 - Wisteria and Half Moon Bridge at Kameido - Sold for $600 - 6/12/2011
"Kameido Tenmangu". The blooming wisteria and the Half Moon Bridge at Tenmangu shrine in Kameido on a rainy day.

The artelino archive offers a database of more than 50,000 sold Japanese prints with detailed descriptions, large images and results. artelino clients with an active purchase history and authorized consignors of artelino have full access to our archive. Read the archive guide and test a trial version.
By Koitsu Tsuchiya 1870-1949
Item # 59376 - Ueno Park - Sold for $220 - 2/4/2014
A Maiko is taking a walk at Ueno Park in Tokyo.

The artelino archive offers a database of more than 50,000 sold Japanese prints with detailed descriptions, large images and results. artelino clients with an active purchase history and authorized consignors of artelino have full access to our archive. Read the archive guide and test a trial version.
By Koitsu Tsuchiya 1870-1949
Item # 51442 - Tea Shop at Kiyomizu Temple - Sold for $200 - 12/11/2011
Ueno, Kiyomizu-do" Kiyomizu-do temple in Ueno, Tokyo. The temple building was built in 1770s which was copied from the Kiyomizu-do temple in Kyoto. The strong light-shadow illuminates the people passing by and the flowing vapor from the tea kettle indicating the windy but peaceful evening.

The artelino archive offers a database of more than 50,000 sold Japanese prints with detailed descriptions, large images and results. artelino clients with an active purchase history and authorized consignors of artelino have full access to our archive. Read the archive guide and test a trial version.
By Koitsu Tsuchiya 1870-1949

Literature sources used for this Tsuchiya Koitsu biography

Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada, "Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975", published by University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, ISBN 0-8248-1732-X.

Dieter WanczuraAuthor: Dieter Wanczura

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