C1955

Four Seasons of Nikko.

Author:

Eiichi Kotozuka (1906 - 1979)

Oblong 4to portfolio of six woodblocks by Eiichi Kotozuka. Decorated paper board portfolio with black cloth ties, with pasted title comprising of a colour scene. Title of the four woodblocks; 1. Taikenbyo Nitenmon Gate in Spring 2. The Row of … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Four Seasons of Nikko.

Date:

C1955

Author:

Eiichi Kotozuka (1906 - 1979)

Condition:

In fine condition, the woodblocks free of the usual toning.

Technique:

Original woodblock.

Image Size: 

355mm 
x 260mm
AUTHENTICITY
Four Seasons of Nikko. - Vintage Book from 1955

Guaranteed Vintage Item
dated:

1955

Description:

Oblong 4to portfolio of six woodblocks by Eiichi Kotozuka. Decorated paper board portfolio with black cloth ties, with pasted title comprising of a colour scene.

Title of the four woodblocks;

1. Taikenbyo Nitenmon Gate in Spring

2. The Row of Cedar Trees in Summer

3. Kegan-no-tuki Fall in Autumn

4. Five-Storied Pagoda in Winter.

Author:

Eiichi Kotozuka (1906-1979)

Kotozuka was born in Osaka and graduated from the Kyoto Kaiga Semmon Gakko (Technical School of Painting) in 1930. From 1932, he exhibited prints with Shun’yokai (Spring Principle Association), an artist’s organization that exhibited Western-style art. He also exhibited with the government sponsored Teiten. He was a member of Nihon Hanga Kyokai (Japan Print Association) from 1938. In addition to print making, Kotozuka exhibited Japanese-style paintings with the artists’ organization Seiryusha, which he helped found in 1929. He was also a co-founder of Koryokusha in 1948 with fellow artists Tokuriki Tomikichiro (1902-2000), Kamei Tōbei  (1901-1977) and Tasaburo Takahashi (1904-1977) which they set up to publish their creative prints (sosaku hanga).

After WWII he created a number of designs for the publisher Uchida Publishing, including, Eight Snow Scenes of Kyoto. Other series created by the artist include Scenes from Four Historical Cities; Scenes from Shiga, Nara and Kyoto; and Four Scenes from Kyoto. He also participated in the design of the series Fifty Kinds of Flowers (Hana Goju Dai no Uchi) with Tobei Kamei and Tomikichiro Tokuriki and Twenty-Four Views In and Out of Kyoto with Tobei Komei.

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