Winter at Hongan Temple, 1943

by Tokuriki (1902 - 1999)

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Winter at Hongan Temple, 1943 by Tokuriki (1902 - 1999)

Original Tokuriki (1902 - 1999) Japanese Woodblock Print
Winter at Hongan Temple, 1943

Series; Eight Views 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 Matsukyu after WWII to produce his designs. 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.

Eight Views of Kyoto - Handsome design from Tokuriki's series "Eight Views of Kyoto," which depicts famous sites his hometown. From cherry blossoms in spring to falling snow in winter, these charming images offer lovely views of Kyoto throughout the year. Interestingly, this series was published by Uchida during WWII in Showa 18 (1943), a time when few prints were being made. We rarely see woodblocks from this series. Publisher's seal in right margin.

Artist - Tokuriki (1902 - 1999)

Image Size - 7 1/2" x 10" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice detail. Faint spotting.

Winter at Hongan Temple, 1943 by Tokuriki (1902 - 1999)
Winter at Hongan Temple, 1943 by Tokuriki (1902 - 1999)

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