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Artist: Kotozuka Eiichi (1906-) 琴塚英一
Title: Bamboo
Date 1st edition?1960
Publisher 1st edition?Uchida 内田
Publisher (this edition)?Uchida 内田
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 30644
Notes (1st edition)?
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:

Eiichi Kotozuka

A traditional image by the artist Eiichi Kotozuka. Eiichi Kotozuka’s work is predominately landscapes and wildlife. His work reflects the centuries old tradition of beautiful nature subjects designed with an eye to the Zen simplicity of color and linework. These bamboo images are considered his finest works and typify this tradition.

This subject, one of a pair of bamboo subjects by the artist, depicts the tall, thick bamboo stalks after a full summer’s growth. The simple color palette of gray and soft green is stunning.

Kotozuka’s beautiful prints are treasures of 20th century Japanese art. These images of bamboo (the present one and another offered on today’s auctions) are among the most sought after of his works. It is the simplicity of line and choice of subject that makes them so classically Japanese.

Sealed- in black with artist’s seal
Image size- 10 1/2” x 15 3/4” (large oban tate-e)
Condition- Excellent, no toning, tears, not mounted, full margin.

Artist Bio: KOTOZUKA, EIICHI was born in Osaka in 1906. He studied at the Kyoto Specialist School of Painting and in the late 1940s was one of the four artists who founded a co-operative publishing company called Koryokusha in an effort to gain an artistic expression free of the major houses. Tokuriki, Tobei and Tasaburo were the other three involved. He has created quite a number of woodblocks covering unique scenes of Japanese tradition, flowers, landscapes and wildlife. He was a member of the Seiryusha Group of Liberal Artists and Died in 1979.

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