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.
Garden of Koke-dera Temple, Kyoto - Beautiful view of the Koke-dera or Moss Temple gardens in Kyoto, known for its spectacular varieties of moss. The gently curving shore is covered with rich green moss, the tall trees reflected on the shimmering water below. A lovely and unusual view. 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 - 10 7/8" x 9 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details.
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