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.
Twelve Views of Kyoto - Tokuriki's handsome series "Twelve Views of Kyoto" depicts famous temples and sites around Kyoto throughout the year. From the double-flowering cherry tree at Joshokoji Temple, to the Heian Shrine in snow and autumn leaves at Takao, these attractive designs showcase the beauty of Kyoto and the surrounding area in the four seasons. Published in a limited edition of 200 sets, each print is pencil signed "T. T." and numbered 123/200 in pencil in the lower left margin. We rarely come across images from this series, so if one appeals to you, bid now!
Artist - Tokuriki (1902 - 1999)
Image Size - 10 7/8" x 9 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.