KOITSU TSUCHIYA, Kofukuji Tempel in Nara, Nara, Kofuku-ji, Rain scene at Kofuku temple in early spring near Sarusawa pond in Nara.
KOITSU TSUCHIYA, Kofukuji Tempel in Nara, Nara, Kofuku-ji, Rain scene at Kofuku temple in early spring near Sarusawa pond in Nara.
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KOITSU TSUCHIYA, Kofukuji Tempel in Nara, Nara, Kofuku-ji, Rain scene at Kofuku temple in early spring near Sarusawa pond in Nara.

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Shin hanga . Series: Views of Japan . Date: 1937 Shōva period

Technique: nishikie, color woodcut (392x256 mm).

Publisher: Doi Hanganten

Signed: Koitsu, with the artist's red seal

Engravers and printers - Yokoi and Harada

Gorgeous and rare test with excellent colors. Imprinted on Japanese paper between 1950 and 1963, as per engraver and publisher's stamps. In perfect condition, with excellent margins all around beyond the marginal line, beautiful bokashi shades. Kofuku-ji pagoda is the second tallest pagoda in Japan, after that of To-ji temple. 

Bibliography: Ross F. Walker and Toshikazu Doi, Tsuchiya Koitsu catalog raisonné, 2011, TK-DH-44, Pag. 92, 332.

After moving to Tokyo at the age of fifteen, Koitsu studied for many years with woodblock artist Kobayashi Kiyochika. Known for his beautiful landscape prints and dramatic use of light and shadow, Koitsu was one of the greatest masters of Shin-hanga.