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Tsuchiya Koitsu
Meiji / Taisho / Showa Printmaker
Japanese, (1870–1949)
Koitsu (1870-1949) was a pupil of the late Meiji period woodblock master Kiyochika. Koitsu originally moved to Tokyo at the age of 15 to study under Matsuzaki, a carver for Kiyochika; the latter took him into his house, where he remained as a student for 19 years.

He first designed woodblock prints during the Sino-Japanese war (1894-1895), but he only really came into his own after he met Watanabe Shozaburo, the founder of the shin hanga print movement, at an exhibition of Kiyochika's work in 1931, marking the anniversary of Kiyochika's death. He started to produce landscape prints in the shin hanga style for Watanabe, and also worked for the shin hanga publishers Doi and Kawaguchi.

His prints, like those of other shin hanga artists, are often characterized by dramatic use of light.

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