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.
Comments - Terrific image of the Gion Festival in Kyoto, with an impressive float making its way down the crowded street. the float is topped with a small pavilion with a group of men inside, with a large phoenix figurine in the front. Colorful umbrellas dot the throngs of people enjoying the festival. The first time we've seen this Tokuriki design.
Artist - Tokuriki (1902 - 1999)
Image Size - 11" x 9 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Small paper remnants on reverse at two points on top edge from original publisher mounting. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.
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