Tsuchiya Koitsu
Born in 1870 near Hamamatsu City (Shizuoka Prefecture) with the name "Sahei", Koitsu moved to Tokyo at the age of fifteen. He had planned to apprentice with Matsuzaki, a carver for the artist Kobayashi Kiyochika, but instead, he became Kiyochika's apprentice and moved into his home to study art and print design. It is through Kiyochika that Koitsu gained his trademark skill in the subtle use of light and shadow for his landscape prints. Koitsu lived with Kiyochika for 19 years and was considered more a member of Kiyochika's family than an apprentice. He worked and studying with Kiyochika until around Meiji 36 (1903). In Taisho 11 (1922) he moved to his wife's place of birth in Chigasaki City and lived there until his death.

Although Koitsu first designed woodblock prints during the Sino-Japanese war (1894-1895), and later worked as a lithographer (around 1900 to 1905), he only really became a successful artist after his chance-meeting with Watanabe Shozaburo, the founder of the shin hanga print movement, at an exhibition of Kiyochika's works in 1931 that marked the anniversary of Kiyochika's death. In 1932 he started to produce landscape prints in the shin hanga style for Watanabe, the first being titled 'Cherry Blossom Viewing at Gion', and he went on to design a total of ten prints for Watanabe. He later designed prints for various publishers including Doi Sadaichi (known incorrectly in the West as Doi Teiichi), and a few prints for Kawaguchi, the Kyoto publisher Baba Nobuhiko, the publisher Tanaka Shobido, and the publisher Takemura.

Along with co-author Tosh Doi I recently published the only available reference text and raisonne for this artist - "The Catalogue Raisonne of Tsuchiya Koitsu". It can be purchased here.

Early Post-War Strikes (by Doi Hangaten, 1948 to 1963) 1

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Benkei Bridge
Date: 1933, April

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Chrysanthemum
Date: 1930s
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Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Shinagawa Coast
Date: 1935 May

Later Editions (Hamamatsu-Do and Doi Eiichi published) 2

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Asakusa Kinryuzan
Date: 1938 July

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Asakusa Kinryuzan
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1938 July
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Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Asakusa Kinryuzan
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1938 July

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Benkei Bashi Bridge
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1933 April
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Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Kyushu Hakozaki Hachimangu Shrine
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1938, March

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Kyushu Hakozaki Hachimangu Shrine
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1938, March

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Kyushu Hakozaki Hachimangu Shrine
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1938, March

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Lake Kawaguchi
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1933 May
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Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Lake Motosu
Date: 1934 March

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Lake Sai Sunset
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1938, May

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Nagaragawa Cormorant Fishing
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1940, April

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Nagoya Castle
Date: 1937 March

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Nagoya Castle
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1937 March

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Nagoya Castle
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1937 March

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Nara Horyuji Temple
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1938 June

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Nara Horyuji Temple
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1938 June

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Nara Kofukuji Temple
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1937 June

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Nikko Futarasan Temple
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1936 August

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Nikko Futarasan Temple
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1936 August
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Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Nikko Futarasan Temple
Date: 1936 August

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Nikko Sacred Bridge
Date: 1937, April

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Nikko Sacred Bridge
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1937, April

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Rainy Miyajima
Date: 1941, July

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Seto Inland Sea, Akashi Bay
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1938, March

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Shinagawa Coast
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1935 May

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Spring Snow, Kyoto Maruyama
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1936 March

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Takanawa Sengakuji Temple
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1933 May

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Tokaido Numazu
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1940 October

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Ueno Kiyomizu-Do
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1940 October

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Ueno Park
Date: 1939 April

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Ueno Park
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1939 April

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Ueno Park
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1939 April

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Ueno Park
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1939 April

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Ushigome Kagurazaka
Series: Sketches of Famous Places In Japan
Date: 1939 August

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Ushigome Kagurazaka
Date: 1939 August

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Yotsuya Araki Yokocho
Date: 1935 January
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Small Format (Koban, Chuban, Postcard, and Half-Postcard prints) 3

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Ducks
Date: 1940, October

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Kyoto Kinkakuji Temple
Date: 1930s

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Lake Sai
Date: 1936 April

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Nezu Shrine
Date: 1934 December

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Nikko Five-Storey Pagoda
Date: 1930s

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Plum Warbler
Date: 1940, February

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Tago Bay
Date: 1936 April

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Tago Bay
Date: 1936 April

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Tago Bay
Date: 1936 April

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Yotsuya
Date: 1935 January

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Yotsuya
Date: 1935 January

Other Items 4

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: The Catalogue Raisonne of Tsuchiya Koitsu
Date: 2008 December

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Tsuchiya Koitsu: Adoration of Scenery
Date: 1999

Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Tsuchiya Koitsu: Adoration of Scenery
Date: 1999
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Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Tsuchiya Koitsu: Adoration of Scenery
Date: 1999
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Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Tsuchiya Koitsu: Adoration of Scenery
Date: 1999
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Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Tsuchiya Koitsu: Adoration of Scenery
Date: 1999
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Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Tsuchiya Koitsu: Adoration of Scenery
Date: 1999
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Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Tsuchiya Koitsu: Adoration of Scenery
Date: 1999
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Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Tsuchiya Koitsu: Adoration of Scenery
Date: 1999
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Artist: Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870-1949) [Tsuchiya Koitsu]
Title: Tsuchiya Koitsu: Adoration of Scenery
Date: 1999
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