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Early Spring

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Early Spring

by Takahashi Rikio, 1963

Series Kyoto No. 24

IHL Cat. #200
About This Print

This print, while similar to the print shown in the Catalogue Raisonné (see below), has additional elements on the lower portion of the print and other variations within the print. It is also from an edition of 50 rather than an edition of 25, as shown in the catalogue raisonné, indicating that there are two states for this print. The print below from the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art looks to be the same state as this collection's print.

Catalogue Raisonné Entry and Reference Images

Los Angeles County Museum of Art M.79.176.89
 #129 - Catalogue Raisonné
(Rikio Takahashi, The Woodblock Prints, published by Abe Publishing LTD., 1998)

Print Details
 IHL Catalog #200
 Title Early Spring 早春
 Series n/a
 Takahashi Rikio (1917-1998)
 Pencil signed by artist - Rikio Takahashi in English
 Seal none
 Date 1963
 Edition 31 of 50 (the catalogue raisonné shows an edition size of 25)
 Publisher  self-published
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good- overall light toning; front of print - paper and glue remnants andthinning on the four corners which do not effect image; verso - brownpaper tape remnants in center of each margin and top corners which donot effect image.
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 12 x 9 3/8 in. (30.5 x 23.8 cm)
 H x W Image 11 1/8 x 8 1/2 in. (28.3 x 21.6 cm)  (“H” dimension includes signature.)
 Collections This Print Los Angeles County Museum of Art M.79.176.89
 Reference Literature Catalogue Raisonné: Rikio Takahashi, The Woodblock Printspublished by Abe Publishing LTD., 1998, p. 131 number 129.
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