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 Color at Horyu - Handsome view of the grounds of Horyu Temple in autumn. Trees with fall foliage in rich hues of gold, orange, and deep green frame the structures, with a persimmon tree at left dotted with red-orange fruit. A gate leads through the wall at left, and small figures can be seen stopping at the shops across the road at right. An attractive subject, nicely detailed. Although not individually numbered, this print is number 51/100 from a limited edition of 100 prints (see seal below, not included).
Signed - T. Tokuriki in pencil within image at lower left
Edition - 51/100
Artist - Tokuriki (1902 - 1999)
Image Size - 11 1/4" x 9 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. A couple small creases at corner, small lightly rubbed spot on sky. Please see photos for details.
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