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Koitsu Tsuchiya - SOLD

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Artist: Tsuchiya Koitsu
Title:
Spring Rain (also known as Long Spell of Rain)
Date:
1930, published by Takamura
Size: chuban, approx. 7.25" x 10.125" 
Condition: VG, still attached to original backing sheet, no flaws of note
Impression: Fine, solid key lines, tight registration, and good surface texture
Color: Fine, deep saturated color with bleed through to verso
Documentation: The Catalog Raisonné of Tsuchiya Koitsu, 2005, page 231, figure 7.22
Notes: Rarely seen Koitsu print

Koitsu Tsuchiya (1870-1949)
Tsuchiya Koitsu was born in 1870 near Hamamatsu, and moved to Tokyo at the age of 15 to apprentice with the woodblock carver Matsuzaki. Instead, he became the student of Matsuzaki's employer, the woodblock print artist, Kobayashi Kiyochika. Koitsu moved into Kiyochika's home, and continued to study and work with Kiyochika for the next 19 years, mastering the dramatic sense of light and shadow that typifies his mature style. During the Sino-Japanese war (1894-1895), Koitsu designed several senso-e (war propaganda prints) to support the Japanese war effort and later worked as a lithographer from 1898 until 1905. 

Koitsu became an internationally-renown artist after meeting 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 for Watanabe, and he went on to design a total of ten prints for Watanabe. He later designed prints for various publishers including Doi, Kawaguchi, Baba Nobuhiko, Tanaka Shobido, and Takemura.