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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Woodblock Prints: Pre 1950: Item # 186203

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Tomikichiro Tokuriki (1902-1999)is best known for his shin hanga woodblocks. This image of the "Bonfire Festival of Daimonji Hill from Sanjo Bridge " is from the month series "Twelve Months of Kyoto" (Kyô-meishô jûnikagetsu), published 1945 by Uchida in Kyoto. This is an original August 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.

Wonderful use of slate blue in the sky, turning to light blue as it goes down. 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.

Japan was a desolate place in 1945 when this edition was produced. Kyoto was spared the bombing and was pretty much intact. The Kyoto Shin Hanga circle was able to produce some wonderful prints both to sell to the occupation forces and to brighten their own spirits.