Original woodblock print - Abstract - Paper, Wood, Mixed Technique - Rikio Takahashi (1917-99) - "Things Kyoto" - Signed and numbered by the artist 7/37 - Japan - 1975

Description
Original woodblock print - Abstract - Paper, Wood, Mixed Technique - Rikio Takahashi (1917-99) - "Things Kyoto" - Signed and numbered by the artist 7/37 - Japan - 1975
Good condition, see description - 41.5×36.5×0 cm

Original woodblock print - Abstract - Paper, Wood, Mixed Technique - Rikio Takahashi (1917-99) - "Things Kyoto" - Signed and numbered by the artist 7/37 - Japan - 1975

In good vintage condition, a wonderful work of art by Japanese artist Rikio Takahashi (1917-1999). The artwork is an original woodcut print from 1975, number 7/37, entitled 'Things Kyoto', and signed in pencil on the right. The back is made of wood in an aluminium frame with glass.

Some discolouration, small scratches, dents on the passe-partout and artwork, but not too bad considering its age.

Background information:
Rikio Takahashi (1917-1999) was one of the last true sôsaku hanga (creative prints: 創作 版画) artists in Japanese abstract art inspired by nature.

He was a member of the First Thursday Society of Japanese print makers. Rikio Takahashi's work was part of the resurgence of artists' graphic arts in Japan after World War II.

Born in Tokyo in 1917, Takahashi originally trained as an oil painter, and shifted his focus to printmaking as an apprentice of Onchi Kôshirô between 1949 and 1955. Abstract art was banned by the Japanese government during wartime, and in the 1950s, rebirth was the main style of contemporary Japanese prints. After Takahashi completed his training under Kôshirô, concentrating mainly on woodblock techniques, he continued his studies at the 'California Institute of Arts' and remained active in printmaking until his death in 1999.

He participated in numerous group exhibitions, both in Japan and abroad, notably at the Tokyo International Print Biennial in 1962.

For his engravings he uses various plywood plates, on which he engraves the shapes and then applies the colours. He then prints each plate successively on the paper with the 'baren' - a traditional engraving tool in Japan. His compositions, a play of abstract shapes, draw inspiration from nature, especially the serenity of Japanese gardens.

Dimensions: Height: 41.5 cm x Width: 36.5 cm x Depth: 2 cm.

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Lot details
Object
Original woodblock print
Technique
Polychrome woodblock printing
Material
Mixed Technique, Paper, Wood
Period
1975
Region/ Country of origin
Japan
Artist/ Maker
Rikio Takahashi (1917-99)
Attribution
Original
Decor/ ware
Abstract
Title of artwork
"Things Kyoto" - Signed and numbered by the artist 7/37
Condition
Good condition, see description
Dimensions
41.5×36.5×0 cm
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