'Zojo-ji Temple in Snow' Series: Tokyo Views

This handsome woodblock print depicts a snow scene at Zojo-ji Temple. This print is very well executed and has superb color. Koitsu first produced this print in 1933.  Zojo-ji Temple was founded in 1393 and moved to its present site in 1598 by Tokugawa Ieyasu. It became the family temple of the Tokugawa family and an administrative centre governing religious studies and activities. It remains one of Japan’s most important Buddhist temples today. With its intense realism, Koitsu immortalizes in this print one of the country’s scenic beauties. With subtle light effects and shadows, he manages to render the nostalgic and captivating aura of a winter landscape. Wonderfully executed bokashi (color gradation) is present throughout the print. The vermillion exterior of the temple contrasts with the winter setting. Snowflakes gently fall from the sky, creating a dream-like, serene atmosphere. Shin-hanga artists typically sought out places that offered such pleasing scenes capable of moving viewers aesthetically, and perhaps emotionally or spiritually. This edition dates to the later 1930s, early 1940s. It bears Koitsu's seal, along with his Kanji signature. This print was carved by Harada, printed by Yokoi and published by Doi Publishers. It is full oban size at 16.5" x 11.5", and its wood frame measures 18" x 14". It is in excellent original condition.  P46633        $795.00

Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870-1949) 'Zojo-ji Temple in Snow' Series: Tokyo Views


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