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Artist: Tsuchiya Koitsu
Title:
Lake Motosu
Date:
originally published in 1934 by Doi this is an early edition with the Harada-Yokoi carver/printer seal combination on Doi watermarked paper -- RARE
Size: oban, approx. 10.5" x 15.5" 
Condition: Fine, 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, 2008 
Notes: There are five lakes at the northern foot of Mount Fuji which were formed by lava flows that dammed up rivers flowing through the region. Three of the lakes, Saiko, Shojiko and Motosuko are still connected with each other by underground waterways and consequently maintain the same surface level of 901 meters above sea level. The five lakes of Mt. Fuji are Lake Kawaguchi (Kawaguchiko), Lake Yamanaka (Yamanakako), Lake Sai (Saiko), Lake Shoji (Shojiko) and Lake Motosu (Motosuko). In the 1930s Koitsu created a series of five prints showing each of the famed lakes with Japan's sacred mountain in the background.

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 bacame 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.