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Kyoto's Voice

Musician Greenwich Village

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Kyoto's Voice

by Takahashi Rikio, 1964

Wait. Again

IHL Cat. #239

About This Print

The Kyoto Prints

Kyotohas been the predominant theme of Takahashi's work.  Kyoto, eithernamed or referenced in the print title, appears in a total ofsixty-three of the artists prints, spanning almost his entire career.

Source: 44 Modern Japanese Print Artists, Gaston Petit, Kodansha International Ltd., 1973, p. 148-149.

"Kyoto,former capital of Japan, is the focus of Takahashi's artisticinspiration, a city to which this artist remains profoundlyattached.... Despite its size, it has an intimacy, an accessible charmto which Takahashi has yielded completely."

In discussing this print, Kyoto's Voice, Petit states, "Simplicity is a keynote in Takahashi's works, yet it, too, conveys more than a mere freedom from complexity or an absence of pretentiousness.  One could even go so far as to describe it as the unity of that which has no form.  The lightly embossed print shown here speaks of Zen gardens under snow, glittering in the void.  It is a distillation of the spirit of Kyoto, whose restraint and elegance are epitomized in its gardens."

Wall Card from the Exhibition Three Masters of Abstraction
Hagiwara Hideo, Ida Shōichi and Takahashi Rikio
November 3, 2018 - March 24, 2019
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205

高橋力雄 京都の声

Takahashi Rikio (1917–1998)

Kyoto's Voice


Color woodblock print with embossing on paper 
Lent by Irwin Lavenberg, L2017.103.31

Often described as lyric or poetic, Takahashi's works invite meditation. In this winter scene, snow piles up in drifts, allowing only a glimpse of what lies beneath.

Catalogue Raisonné Entry

Catalogue Raisonné #153
(Rikio Takahashi, The Woodblock Prints, published by Abe Publishing LTD., 1998

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #239
 Title Kyoto's Voice 京都の声
 Series n/a
 Takahashi Rikio (1917-1998)
 Pencil signed by artist - Rikio Takahashi in English
 Seal none
 Date 1964
 Edition 9 of 10
 Publisher  self-published
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair– overall toning; paper brittle, soft handling creases, masking taperemnants verso on 4 margins, 2.5” tear from paper edge upper leftmargin into image
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 38 x 26 in. (96.5 x 66 cm)
 H x W Image 37 1/4 x 25 in. (94.6 x 63.5 cm)
 Collections This Print The British Museum 1986,0321,0.754 (Impression 2 of 10)
 Reference LiteratureCatalogue Raisonné: Rikio Takahashi, The Woodblock Printspublished by Abe Publishing LTD., 1998, p. 134 number 153; 44 Modern Japanese Print Artists, Gaston Petit, Kodansha International Ltd., 1973, plate 217.