C1955

The Scenes of Shiga, Nara and Kyoto

Author:

Eiichi Kotozuka (1906 - 1979)

Rare portfolio set of six woodblocks by Eiichi Kotozuka. Oblong 4to, paper board portfolio, decorated with silver leaf gilding diagonally across one half and with the other half, in a floral pattern. The paper title pasted at centre and the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Scenes of Shiga, Nara and Kyoto

Date:

C1955

Author:

Eiichi Kotozuka (1906 - 1979)

Condition:

Near mint condition, the woodblocks free of the usual toning.

Technique:

Original colour woodblocks

Paper Size: 

265mm 
x 355mm
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The Scenes of Shiga, Nara and Kyoto - Vintage Book from 1955

Guaranteed Vintage Item
dated:

1955

Description:

Rare portfolio set of six woodblocks by Eiichi Kotozuka. Oblong 4to, paper board portfolio, decorated with silver leaf gilding diagonally across one half and with the other half, in a floral pattern. The paper title pasted at centre and the inside of the boards with silver and gold gilded splatters and squares.

1. The Full Moon Viewed on The Seta Karahashi Bridge

2. The Katata Ukimido Temple in The Lake Biwa

3. The Cherry Blossoms in Nara

4. The Large Buddha of Todaiji Temple in Nara

5. The Maples of Takao in Kyoto

6. The Snow Scene of Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto.

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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