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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Woodblock Prints: Pre 1950: Item # 187208

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Tomikichiro Tokuriki (1902-1999)is best known for his shin hanga woodblocks. This listing is for the complete month series "Twelve Months of Kyoto" (Kyô-meishô jûnikagetsu), published 1945 by Uchida in Kyoto. Each month shows a landmark of Kyoto. The individual prints are still tipped into the original folders. Image area about 10" x 11.75". Very good condition with no damage. Tokuriki is known for his use of color for subtle effects.

This listing is for the entire series of 12, including the original album folder. I listed each of the prints individually as well and when any of those sell, this listing ends.

------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.