Framing Another Tsuchiya Koitsu Woodblock

A recent post featured a framed print by the shin hanga master Tsuchiya Koitsu (1890-1949) depicting the 17th century torii gate at Miyajima. This print, by the same wonderful artist, is another structure over water—albeit a much more modern structure. As in the earlier example, the architecture depicted in the print has suggested the frame design, in this case its carved pattern. The 1933 image shows and is named for Benkei Bridge in Tokyo. It’s oban size, 14-1/4″ x 9-1/2″. The 3/4″ wide frame is walnut, stained black, with a 1/8″ pale gold slip.

Indulge yourself in Koitsu’s entire catalog raisonne online here… More than a dozen impressions of this particular print may be found on this page on the Ohmi Gallery website… Tsuchiya Koitsu printCorner detail, framed print by Koitsu

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