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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Woodblock Prints: Pre 1950: Item # 185339

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Tomikichiro Tokuriki (1902-1999)is best known for his shin hanga woodblocks. This image of the "Rainy Scene at the Sen-ke" (House of the founder of tea ceremony) is from the month series "Twelve Months of Kyoto" (Kyô-meishô jûnikagetsu), published 1945 by Uchida in Kyoto. This is an original June print from the album. It is still tipped into the original folder. Image area about 10" x 11.75". Very good condition with no damage.

The rain impression is created by vertically wet embossed lines on the paper itself. The relief lines end in the middle of the paper where he continues on with colored lines. See close-up which appears darker because I did not use a flash. This is one of the fancier shin hanga techniques. Wonderful use of soft green shades which permeate the Kyoto spring in this print. I'll be listing the entire series of 12.

------Note. Tokuriki was the 13th generation in a family of Kyoto artists. Kyoto was the old capital and always had a flourishing art tradition and of course lively circles of woodblock print artists. The Shin Hanga movement was a revitalization of ancient woodblock practices in a modern context. There was also a parallel Sosoku hanga creative movement in which the artist carved the woodblock and printed the pictures himself. Tokuriki was accomplished in both. Whether for figures or landscapes, he was a master of subtle colors.