Peony in Morning Light

by Matsuo Toshiyo (1926 - 2016)

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Peony in Morning Light by Matsuo Toshiyo (1926 - 2016)

Original Matsuo Toshiyo (1926 - 2016) Japanese Woodblock Print
Peony in Morning Light

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.

Comments - Beautiful image of a large white peony blossom and a pale pink bud just beginning to open. The black leaves create a dramatic contrast to the softly shaded flowers, and a wash of metallic gold on the gray background adds a subtle sheen. A lovely, large format design from a limited edition of 250, published by Takamizawa.

Numbered - 75/250 in left margin
Publisher - Takamizawa, embossed information in left margin

Artist - Matsuo Toshiyo (1926 - 2016)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 18" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few creases at edges, slight rippling from printing process, drying clamp impressions at top corners. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.

Peony in Morning Light by Matsuo Toshiyo (1926 - 2016)
Peony in Morning Light by Matsuo Toshiyo (1926 - 2016)

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