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Sengakuji Temple at Takanawa in Tokyo

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Sengakuji Temple at Takanawa in Tokyo
by Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870-1949)

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Artist: Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870-1949) 土屋光逸
Title: Sengakuji Temple at Takanawa in Tokyo
Series: Tokyo Views 東京風景
Date 1st edition?1933/5
Date of this artwork?1950-63 (may not be accurate)
Publisher 1st edition?Doi Sadaichi 土井貞一
Publisher (this edition)?Doi Hangaten 土井版画店
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 27477
Notes (1st edition)?'Sengakuji Temple at Takanawa in Tokyo' by Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870-1949), dated circa 1933. This is a Japanese Shin-Hanga (“modern style-woodblock print”) on heavy rice paper. This stunning nighttime scene features a woman and her child, carrying an umbrella and lantern through the gentle rain, and another figure silhouetted in warm light at the door of the temple,which causes bright reflections on the cobbled street and the bark of the tree in the foreground. The detail is fascinating, and there is a subtle passage in black and dark red under the roof in the foreground that is difficult to see in the photograph. The size of the print is Oban; the paper measures 15-3/8 inches (39cm) across and 10-5/8 inches (27cm) tall. The printed image measures 14-3/8 inches (36.5cm) across and 9-1/2 inches (24.3cm) tall. The characters inside the lower left corner of the image are the artist’s signature and the red seal reads “Shin”, which means True.
Notes (this edition)?The following information was taken from the original web listing of this artwork. Often written by non-experts, there may be inaccuracies:

This print has the early (1950’s) Doi seals in the lower left corner margin that read: Doi Hanga-Ten (Published by Hanga-Ten), Hanken Shoyu (Copyright Shoyu). Below the Doi seals are the “offset” carver and printer seals, which read: Hori Harada (Carved by Harada) and Suri Yokoi (Printed by Yokoi, one of the earliest printers who worked for Doi). The back of the print shows the excellent saturation of ink that occurs with woodblock prints. Only about 200 of these were originally created. This print is clean and free of tears, holes or stains; but it is wrinkled, the worst of which is shown in the detail with the figures.

Artist Bio: Please see my website www.koitsu.com to view all currently-known works by Tsuchiya Koitsu.


明治03年(1870年) 静岡県浜松市に生まれる 姓土屋 名は光一  明治18年(1885年) 15歳の時に上京し、始めは木版彫刻師の弟子になる 明治19年「1886年) 小林清親に入門(以降明治37年までの30年間、小林家で家族同様に生活の苦を共にする) 明治28年(1895年) 代表作として日清戦争を描いた「講和使談判之図」や「万々歳凱旋之図」などがあげられ、色彩も温和である 明治31年(1898年) 石版画を版行した版元として松聲堂から明治37年(1904年)に版行された「教育歴史画」第一輯から第三輯など 明治35年(1902年) から明治36年(1903年)に版行された「教育立身画」などの石版画の作例あり 昭和05年(1930年) 東京尚美堂から発表した木版画として横三つ切判「宮島」、「天の橋立」、「松島」などがある 昭和07年(1932年) 渡辺版画店から新版画「祇園の夜桜」、「大阪城の月夜」の2点を版行 昭和08年(1933年) 土井版画店より細判風景画「奈良猿沢の池」、「雪の堅田浮見堂」(東京国立近代美術館所蔵)、「日比谷の月」、「弁慶橋」などあり 昭和11年(1936年) 「東京風景十二枚」を同じく土井版画店より版行しており、清親ばりの風景版画を残した 昭和11年(1936年) 9月、「下関観月橋」を馬場信彦のもとから発表した後、昭和16年6月まで大判16枚などの作品を版行した 昭和16年(1941年) 頃まで東京尚美堂、酒井川口合板、カワグチ商会など各版元から新版画の作品を発表していった 昭和24年(1949年) 11月、79歳で没した 明治時代から昭和時代にかけての浮世絵師、版画家

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