The Great Gate at Mount Koya

by Tokuriki (1902 - 1999)

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The Great Gate at Mount Koya by Tokuriki (1902 - 1999)

Original Tokuriki (1902 - 1999) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Great Gate at Mount Koya

Series; Spiritual Lights of Mt. Koya

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.

Spiritual Lights of Mt. Koya - Handsome scene from Tokuriki's series "Spiritual Lights of Mt. Koya" (Koyasan Reiko Eisai), which depicts temples at Mt. Koya, the center of the Shingon Buddhist sect in Japan. Home to more than one hundred temples, Mt. Koya is also the starting and ending point of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage. Tokuriki's lovely views are quiet and serene, focusing on the architecture of the temples and their natural mountain settings. An extremely rare Tokuriki series and only the second time we've seen this design.

Signed - T. Tokuriki in pencil in bottom margin

Artist - Tokuriki (1902 - 1999)

Image Size - 9 3/8" x 13 3/'4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details.

The Great Gate at Mount Koya by Tokuriki (1902 - 1999)
The Great Gate at Mount Koya by Tokuriki (1902 - 1999)

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