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.
Comments - Handsome view of the Tajimaya Inn in Magome, which is still in business in a building that is more than one hundred years old. A cart rests against a wall next to the entrance, with potted flowers on either side. This is from an edition of 200 prints, but it is not individually numbered. A charming design.
Signed - T. Tokuriki in pencil in bottom margin
Artist - Tokuriki (1902 - 1999)
Image Size - Page size 15 3/4" x 20 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning, creasing at edges, slight rippling from printing process, a few spots. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.
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