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My Town

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

My Town

by Takahashi Rikio, 1963

IHL Cat. #317

About This Print

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

"Though the elements in Takahashi's prints seem to float in an untamed cosmos, or are simply reduced to a square or an oblong in perfect equilibrium, they fall unmistakably into place, arranged as precisely as the utensils for a formal tea ceremony.  The space is so ideally formulated that no furnishings are necessary; its architecture eliminates everything but that which is aesthetically and structurally indispensable.  The space itself is a product of light and shadow displayed in an 'unbalanced' tension.  The search for such 'unbalanced' forms has almost become an obsession, but it is nevertheless a positive aesthetic expression.  In such traditional Japanese arts as flower arranging or calligraphy, particularly in the informal styles associated with them, the consummate grace and elegance which can be achieved through the asymmetrical organization of forms in space is especially sought after.  Takahashi's forms possess a freedom in space, yet are nonobstructive in their simplicity and color.  The austere sublimity of his works in the quintessence of his masterly use of asymmetry."

Catalogue Raisonné Entry

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

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #317
 Title My Town わが街
 Series n/a
 Takahashi Rikio (1917-1998)
 Pencil signed by artist - Rikio Takahashi in English
 Seal none
 Date 1963
 Edition 9 of 50
 Publisher  self-published
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent- pencil notations bottom margin; minor printing and handling creases
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 23 3/4 x 18 in. (60.3 x 45.7 cm)
 H x W Image
 Collections This Print British Museum 1986,0321,0.753 (4 of 50)
 Reference Literature Catalogue Raisonné: Rikio Takahashi, The Woodblock Printspublished by Abe Publishing LTD., 1998, p. 132 number 137; 44 Modern Japanese Print Artists, Gaston Petit, Kodansha International Ltd., 1973, vol. II, plate c-73.