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Evening at Mii Temple

Evening at Mii Temple
by Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870-1949)

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Artist: Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870-1949) 土屋光逸
Title: Evening at Mii Temple
Date of first edition?1936/8
Date of this artwork?1950-63 (may not be accurate)
Publisher (first edition)?Doi Sadaichi 土井貞一
Publisher (this edition)?Doi Hangaten 土井版画店
Medium (first edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (first edition): Chuban
Format (this edition): Chuban
DB artwork code: 27830
Notes (first edition)?
Notes (this edition)?
The following information was taken from the original web listing of this artwork. Note that there may be some inaccuracies:

Friday, 18 November 2005

Original, Tsuchiya Koitsu

Evening at Mii Temple Woodblock PrintThe following information was provided by an art historian on the faculty of the University of Iowa who personally evaluated this print:

"The carver (the left off-set box) was Harada. The printer (the right off set box of the pair) was Yokoi he worked for Doi (publisher) from 1936 to 1965. His earliest work of the images by Tsuchiya Koitsu was so good that he was promoted to principle printer for the rest of his career. So, we know that he could have started making the prints for Tsuchiya Koitsu when they were first created in 1936."

"Now, until last year it was thought that the "triple offset boxes", all the seals on the left of your print, indicated that the print was made between the years of 1956 - 1962. However, just this year it has been proved that in 1937 this seal was first used. It is suspected that they could have been printing with it by 1936, but this is not a proven fact as of yet. I think it is very likely that your print was made in 1936, but certainly it was printed no later than between 1956-1962."

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Condition: This print was brought to the US by an US Army officer who served with the occupation forces in Japan between 1947 and 1950. When I acquired it, the print was in a cheap frame with a NON-Archival mat. There is some age darkening at the extremities. Please see the full-sheet images below showing both the face and verso of the print. There are no tears and the color of the print is very bright.

The overall sheet size for this print is about 8" x 11.5"

The actual printed area is about 7 1/8" x 10"

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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