Original Tokuriki (1902 - 1999) Japanese Woodblock Print
Series; Famous Places in Kyoto, 1936
Tokuriki Tomikichiro - Born in Kyoto, Tokuriki Tomikichiro spent his entire career in the city. After initially studying Nihonga or Japanese style painting, Tokuriki switched to woodblock prints in 1924. Although best known for his shin-hanga landscape prints, Tokuriki's real passion was sosaku hanga or creative prints. He enthusiastically promoted sosaku hanga, and set up his own publishing company called Matsuku after WWII to produce his designs as well as those of other artists. He taught block carving and wrote extensively on the subject of woodblock prints, while also exhibiting internationally. His modern sosaku hanga prints are expressive with bold line work and shapes, while his traditional shin-hanga views more closely resemble ink and wash paintings. Tokuriki successfully bridged these two major twentieth-century styles, and was highly influential in the development of younger artists.
Autumn Leaves - Handsome view of a rushing river in autumn, framed by colorful maple leaves. In the foreground, a farmwoman balances a load of firewood atop her head as she crosses a log bridge. In the distance a red lacquer bridge spans the stone embankments above the cascading water. A charming design in the traditional shikishiban format board.
Artist - Tokuriki (1902 - 1999)
Image Size - 10 5/8" x 9 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Mounted to board. Slight toning, surface losses at edges. Please see photos for details.