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Spring Snow at Maruyama, Kyoto

Tsuchiya Kōitsu (1870-1949)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Spring Snow at Maruyama, Kyoto

by Tsuchiya Kōitsu, originally 1936

Tsuchiya Kōitsu (1870-1949)

IHL Cat. #1180

About This Print

Three woman in traditional winter clothing, geta on their feet, stroll through snow covered Maruyama Park  in early evening. This collection's print is a later edition of a much-reprinted image by Kōitsu, originally released in March 1936.

For another print of this scene in a small format (postcard size) by Kōitsu see Kyoto Maruyama.

Maruyama Park

Source: Inside Kyoto website http://www.insidekyoto.com/maruyama-koen-park
An oasis of green amid the Southern Higashiyama Sightseeing District, Maruyama-koen Park is the perfect spot for a rest or picnic while exploring the area. Complete with a duck pond, some gurgling streams and some of the finest cherry trees in all of Kyoto, Maruyama-koen Park is a brilliant little park tucked up against the base of the Higashiyama Mountain, sandwiched between Yasaka-jinja Shrine to the south and Chion-in Temple to the north. If you’re in Kyoto during cherry blossom season, this is the place to come to see some serious hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties.

The stone bridge over Gourd Pond in Maruyama Park in winter

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1180
 Title Spring Snow at Maruyama, Kyoto (Haru no yuki Kyoto Maruyama 春の雪 京都円山)
 Tsuchiya Kōitsu (1870-1949)
ōitsu followed by shin 真 seal
 Seal shin 真 (see Signature above)
 Publication Date originally issued March 1936 (Showa 11).  This print is a later impression, produced after the artist's death. (See note under Publisher below.)
 Edition post-WWII 
 PublisherDoi Hangaten - 土井版画店 (Doi Sadaichi 土井貞一)
Note: No publisher's seal is present on this print.  According to the Koitsu.com website http://www.koitsu.com/Research/dating_koitsu_prints/dating_koitsu-prints.htm the absence of a publisher seal indicates an unauthorized printing.
To quote:
"Based on an analysis of the Koitsu prints saved in my Koitsu database I would estimate around 20% of Doi-published Koitsu prints do not have any publisher seals. If your print has publisher seals they will be found in the lower area of the left margin and look similar to those shown below in the Doi section. Dating evidence suggests these appeared in the market as far back as the late 1960s until the 1990s. There was only one printer active during all this time, Seki, who was dismissed by Doi Eiichi in the early 1990s for "activities that undermined the Doi publishing house" (no doubt selling unsealed prints on the side was a part of that activity). If your Doi print has no publisher seals in the lower left margin it dates to this period."
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - tape remnants left, top and bottom margins

 Genre shin hanga (new prints)
 Format ōban tate-e
 H x W Paper 16 3/4 x 11 1/2 in. (42.5 x 29.2 cm)
 H x W Image 15 7/16 x 10 1/8 x in. (39.2 x 25.7 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; Koitsu.com site reference TK-DH-30 
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