Re: tsuchiya koitsu

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Posted by Thomas Crossland on August 10, 1998 at 06:58:59:

In Reply to: tsuchiya koitsu posted by Ray on July 08, 1998 at 20:59:12:

: I have an opportunity to acquire a woodblock by Tsuchiya Koitsu it measures 15.5 x10.5 the background is Mt. Fuji and in the forefront are trees. I do not know anything about this artist but would like to know more. What price range does his work go in? Thanks


Ah, one of my favorite artists. Lately, I have noticed his prints seem to trade via auctions on-line anywhere from $100 to $200. Following is bio from Helen Merritt's "Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints." TSUCHIYA, Koitsu, 1870-1949. Born near Hamamatsu. Given name Koichi. At age 15 wnt to Tokyo to study under Matsuzake, a carver for Kobayashi Kiyochika. Kiyochika took him into his home where he remained studying for 19 years. Designed woodblock prints during Sino-Japanese War (1894-95), later worked as lithographer. After meeting Watanabe Shozaburo at an exebition of Kobayashi Kinyochika's prints, Koitsu designed figurative landscape moku-hanga published by Watanabe, Kawaguchi, and Doi from 1932. Koitsu's prints, like those of Kobayashi Kiyochika, are often characterized by dramatic use of light."
ENJOY your hanga.

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