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Yotsuya Araki Yokochō

Tsuchiya Kōitsu (1870-1949)
 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Yotsuya Araki Yokochō

by Tsuchiya Kōitsu, 1935

Tsuchiya Kōitsu (1870-1949)


IHL Cat. #1190

About This Print

One of Kōitsu's most popular designs, reprinted many times by the publisher since its original printing in January 1935. This collection's print is a later edition, likely printed between 1981 and 1995. The artist presents us with two geisha bathed in the light of a teahouse in the early evening. Kōitsu's marvelous handling of light is evident in this print.  

From the title Yotsuya Araki Yokochō, the teahouse is located in an alley (yokochō) in Yotsuya, Araki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #978
 Title Yotsuya Araki Yokochō 四ツ谷荒木横町 [print is often referred to as "Teahouse" or "Teahouse at Night"]
 Series originally released as part of the series Tokyo Views 東京風景
 Catalogue Raisonné Koitsu.com site reference TK-DH-018
 Artist 
 Tsuchiya Kōitsu (1870-1949)
 Signature 
K
ōitsu followed by shinsei 真生 ("genuine") seal
 Seal shinsei 真生 ("genuine") (see Signature above)
 Publication Date originally issued January 1935.  This print is a posthumous edition, likely printed between 1981 and 1995, based upon the publisher, carver and printer seals.
 Edition post-WWII between 1981 and 1995
 Publisher
土井英一 Doi Eiichi [of 土井版画店 Doi Hangatan]
版权所有 [copyright reserved]
Koitsu.com reference K-64 seal 1981- present
[Marks: seal 26-158; pub. ref. 037]
 Carver Harada 彫 ハラ田 (see publisher seal above - lower left cartouche)
 Printer Seki 摺 セキ (see publisher seal above - lower right cartouche)
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent 
 Miscellaneous
Doi Hangaten watermark "土" in upper left corner of margin.
Source: March 2000 interview by Andreas Grund with Mrs. Suzue Doi http://www.ukiyoe-gallery.com/doiinterview.htm
Q.: Some prints carry a watermark, while others don't. What is behind this?   A.: This depends on the paper. Sometimes we use paper with our "Do" watermark, sometimes we use plain paper. But even in case a watermark is on the paper, you should know, there is only a single watermark in the upper left corner of each sheet. The sheet, however, has double oban size and is cut half before printing. Consequently, one print gets the watermark, the other not. My printer always urges me, for cost reasons not to continue with the watermarked paper. 
 Genre shin hanga (new prints)
 Format oban tate-e
 H x W Paper 16 x 10 11/16 in. (40.6 x 27.1 cm)
 H x W Image 14 5/16 x 9 7/16 x in. (36.4 x 24 cm)
 Collections This Print 
 Reference LiteratureThe Catalogue Raisonne of Tsuchiya Koitsu Meiji to Shin-Hanga, Watercolours to Woodblocks, Ross F. Walker and Toshikazu Doi, Ohmi Gallery Publishing, 2009.
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