Original Tokuriki (1902 - 1999) Japanese Woodblock Print
May: Irises at Heian Jingu Shrine
Series; Twelve Views of the Four Seasons of Kyoto
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.
Signed - T. Tokuriki in pencil within image at bottom center
Artist - Tokuriki (1902 - 1999)
Image Size - 11" x 9 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Some prints have a few light creases at edges or a natural crease in the paper along the top edge. Please see photos for details. Generally in excellent condition overall.