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Kyoto Nostalgia

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Nostalgia of Kyoto

by Takahashi Rikio, 1960

Series "Kyoto" No. 22

IHL Cat. #1647

About This Print

This print was one of five commissioned by the International Graphic Arts Society1, New York from the artist over a period of three years. Each print was limited to 200 impressions.  For another print by Takahashi published by IGAS see Passing Nun (Buddhist).

1 The International Graphic Arts Society (IGAS) was a nonprofit organization founded in 1951 with the dual goals of promoting the work of contemporary printmakers and bringing print media to a wider audience. IGAS served as a driving force behind the post-World War II "Print Renaissance" in the United States for the next two decades. At the core of IGAS was a seven-member jury that was responsible for selecting the artists who would then be commissioned to produce editions that would eventually be sold to IGAS members. Among the artists published by IGAS are Karel Appel, Leonard Baskin, Hans Erni, Stanley W. Hayter, Jean Iurcat, Ynez Johnston, Ezio Martinelli, Seong Moy, Gabor Peterdi, Paul Shaub, Kiyoshi Saito, Ben Shahn, Carol Summers, Rikio Takahashi, Peter Takal and Ada Yunkers. [Sources: Syracuse University website http://travex.syr.edu/exhibitions/SUArt/IGAS.html;  https://archive.org/stream/calendarofdukeun1963duke/calendarofdukeun1963duke_djvu.txt and College Museum Notes Author(s): Patrick J. Kelleher Source: Art Journal, Vol. 22, No. 4 (Summer, 1963)]

Catalogue Raisonné Entry and Reference Images

#101 - Catalogue Raisonné
(Rikio Takahashi, The Woodblock Prints, published by Abe Publishing LTD., 1998)

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1647
 Nostalgia of Kyoto 京都ヘの想い (Kyoto e no omoi)

Catalogue Raisonné title: 京都のノスタルジア
 Series Kyoto
 Takahashi Rikio (1917-1998)
 Pencil signed by artist - Rikio Takahashi
 Seal none
 Date 1960
 Edition 16/200
 Publisher IGAS (NY) International Graphic Arts Society
 Impression excellent
 Colors very good
 Condition good - print was conserved to stabilize several tears and bends, the major one being in the lower third of the print.  Conservator Elizabeth Chambers noted "Print had been previously mended with pressure sensitive tape for tears and broken creases.  Tapes were removed with heated micro-spatula and replaced with medium weight Japanese paper and wheat starch paste."  Minor toning.
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 36 1/8 x 24 in. (91.8 x 61 cm)
 H x W Image 34 13/16 x 22 1/8 in. (87.2 x 56.2 cm)
 Collections This Print Harvard Art Museums 1971.150
 Reference Literature Catalogue Raisonné: Rikio Takahashi, The Woodblock Printspublished by Abe Publishing LTD., 1998, p. 127 number 101, color pl. p. 36.