|Artist||Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870-1949)|
|Dimensions||Vertical ôban [~14 x 9 inches]|
Artist Signature: Koitsu
Artist Seal: Tsuchiya Koitsu
Publisher: Doi Hangaten
Block Cutter: Harada
Printer: Ito Kosaburo
A classic night time river scene showing the Kangetsu bridge in Shimonoseki. In the foreground a lone figure is sailing their boat out onto the river, the full moon shining down and reflecting onto the still water.
Although this impression bears a Doi Hangaten offset publisher seal, known as a 1950's seal, the printer seal is that of Ito Kosaburo who printed for Doi in the early 1930's rather than Ito Tomo, believed to be the younger brother, or perhaps nephew, of Ito Kosaburo and associated with post war printings of Koitsu's work.
Koitsu Tsuchiya (1870 -1949) was born near Hamamatsu City (Shizuoka Prefecture) with the name "Sahei" and moved to Tokyo at the age of fifteen. He became Kiyochika's apprentice and moved into his home to study art and print design. Koitsu lived with Kiyochika for 19 years and it is through Kiyochika that Koitsu gained his trademark skill in the subtle use of light and shadow for his landscape prints. He worked and studying with Kiyochika until 1903. In 1922 he moved to his wife's place of birth in Chigasaki City and lived there until his death.
Condition: Excellent impression.