Choshi Machi Imamiya Dori: Twilight in Imamiya Street, Chosi

Method Woodblock (nishiki-e)
Artist Ishiwata Koitsu (1897-1987)
Published 1932 (c.1946 impression)
Dimensions Ôban yoko-e [~10.7 x 15.6 inches]
Notes Artist Signature: Koitsu
Artist Seal: Ishiwata Koitsu
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo
Publisher Seal: Round Watanabe 6mm

An atmospheric view of twilight in Imamiya Street. The viewer is drawn into the image by Koitsu's use of the powerlines, creating a vanishing point on the horizon, highlighted by the setting sun.

Ishiwata Koitsu (1897-1987) was born in the Tokyo area of Japan. He began his professional career as a textile designer and painter in Japanese 'nihonga' style. Around 1930 he gave up his designer job and began making woodblock prints under the guidance of Kawase Hasui (1883-1957). Koitsu made his first landscape prints with the shin hanga publisher Watanabe Shozaburo choosing village scenes and landscapes as his preferred subject. Koitsu's prints did not sell well originally, with the artist primarily producing darker works which were not as popular among Western purchasers and preferring to produce realistic scenes, not omitting details such as powerlines and infrastructure. Due to this reason, in the following years it saw the ending of the artist working with the Watanabe publishers. Today Koitsu's prints have become more collectable and sought after, with there being a resurgence in interest surrounding his work.
Framing framed
Price £925.00
Stock ID 51427