Koitsu, Ishiwata, 1897-1957

Born in Tokyo. Given name Shoichiro. Studied design, Japanese-style painting, and fabric dyeing. Brother-in-law Igusa Senshin was one of his teachers. Established a reputation in the 1920s as fabric designer for the Nozawaya department store in Yokohama. Became interested in hanga through Kawase Hasui. In 1930 took the art name Koitsu and devoted himself to prints. Published one set of prints of small-town or neighborhood genre scenes with Watanabe Shozaburo in 1931. Other works include Collection of Pictures of Toys (Omocha e shu), about 1935, and Hot Spring Landscapes (Onsen fukei), about 1940. Later works, sometimes combining woodblock and stencil, often published by Kato Junji.** Taken in whole, or in part, with permission from: Merritt, Helen and Nanako Yamada. Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975. University of Hawaii Press: Honolulu. 1992.

Artwork

The Last Moment of Yoshitsune The Last Moment of Yoshitsune #250415 Takeda, Hideo, b. 1948 $2,500
Yellow Knitting Needle Yellow Knitting Needle #16102501 Hamaguchi, Yozo, 1909-2000 $2,500
Evening Glow at Choshi Evening Glow at Choshi #261046 Koitsu, Ishiwata, 1887-1957 $250
Snow at Katsura Snow at Katsura #260654 Karhu, Clifton, 1927-2007 SOLD