Koitsu Tsuchiya, Shinobazu Pond in Ueno


Artist: Koitsu Tsuchiya (1870-1949)
Title: Shinobazu Pond in Ueno
Publisher: Doi
Date: 1939
Size: 28.8 x 42.6 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Koitsu Tsuchiya, Shinobazu Pond in Ueno, landscape
Koitsu Tsuchiya, Shinobazu Pond in Ueno, landscape Koitsu Tsuchiya, Shinobazu Pond in Ueno, landscape

Shinobazu Pond is located within Ueno Park and is a historically prominent Shitamachi feature often appearing in history and works of art. At its centre lies Benten Island on which stands the Benten shrine, dedicated to the goddess Benzaiten.

Koitsu Tsuchiya

Born in 1870 in Shizuoka prefecture, Koitsu moved to Tokyo at the age of fifteen. He later became Kiyochika's apprentice and moved into his home to study art and print design. It is through Kiyochika that Koitsu gained his trademark skill in the subtle use of light and shadow for his landscape prints. Koitsu lived with Kiyochika for 19 years and was considered more a member of Kiyochika's family than an apprentice. Although Koitsu first designed woodblock prints during the Sino-Japanese war (1894-1895), and later worked as a lithographer (around 1898 to 1905), he only became an internationally-renown artist after his chance-meeting with Watanabe Shozaburo, the founder of the Shin-hanga print movement, at an exhibition of Kiyochika's works in 1931 that marked the anniversary of Kiyochika's death. In 1932 he started to produce landscape prints in the shin-hanga style for Watanabe, the first being titled 'Cherry Blossom Viewing at Gion', and he went on to design a total of ten prints for Watanabe. He later designed prints for various publishers including Doi Sadaichi (known incorrectly in the West as Doi Teiichi), Kawaguchi, the Kyoto publisher Baba Nobuhiko, the publisher Tanaka Shobido, and the publisher Takemura.

More Information
Print FormatDai-Oban
ArtistKoitsu Tsuchiya
SubjectLandscapes, Modern/Shin-Hanga
Dimensions28.8 x 42.6 cm
Condition ReportLight soiling on the margins, tape marks and minor paper residue on the back.
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