known as Tsuchiya Koitsu, this Japanese artist was best
known for his beautiful work associated with woodblock
his work was not as profound or successful when it came to
the production of Shin-Hanga prints as what you would have
seen from Hasui Kawase, he still presented some incredible
pieces while challenging other artists to strive for better.
One of the challenges associated with Tsuchiya Koitsu
is that pinpointing information about his work is tough.
The reason is that as of today, no comprehensible
references have been found specific to Koitsu’s prints.
Even so, historians have been able to catalog at
least 100 prints by this artist so we do know that he had
significant work done.
One of the fascinating aspects of Koitsu is that over
the years, numerous unknown prints have surfaced.
For example, one collector saw an interesting and
reflective woodblock print on sale in Tokyo in 1995. Not sure, the artist, the print was purchased anyway due to
its depiction of a large lantern named DOI, which looked
like a restaurant sign.
Over the course of years, research uncovered that
this particular print was in fact one created by Tsuchiya
Koitsu entitled Ushigome Kagurazaka, which had been
published originally in 1939.
In 1996, you could have seen a beautiful collection
of Koitsu’s woodblock prints at the Chigasaki Museum. Of these, one series known as “Tokyo Views Series” was on
publication of each of these prints was done by a publisher
by the name of Doi Sadaichi, which is one way of identifying
other works by Koitsu.
The one aspect of this artist’s work that you
cannot deny is the stunning color and detail.
For instance, one of Koitsu’s beautiful pieces
features a young
Geisha girl near a lake and pagoda at nightfall and during
the cherry blossom season.
Published in 1939, this painting offers perfect
colors and impression.
Another example of his work is of two Geisha girls as
they leave and enter an inn.
The rich coloring and astounding detail of this piece
there is the rare but gorgeous painting of a large stone
lantern and boat on the waterfront around dusk.
This painting is called Yabase Kihan, which was
published in 1940. Perhaps
you would like Nagaragawa – Ukai, which is a magnificent
and brilliantly colored depicture of fishing at night on the
Nagara River. Each
boat features a torch by which to see the fish.
For publication of this painting, it appears to have
been done in 1940. These
are just a few examples of Koitsu’s work, which is
undoubtedly among some of the finer pieces of his time.