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Passing Nun (Buddhist)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Passing Nun (Buddhist)

by Takahashi Rikio, 1958

Nostalgia of Kyoto

IHL Cat. #159

About This Print

This print was one of five commissioned by the InternationalGraphic Arts Society1, New York from the artist over a period of three years. Each print was limited to200 impressions.

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

#83 - Catalogue Raisonné
(Rikio Takahashi: The Woodblock Prints, Abe Publishing LTD., 1998)

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #159
 Title Passing Nun (Buddhist) 行く尼
 Takahashi Rikio (1917-1998)
 Pencil signed by artist - Rikio Takahashi in English and in Japanese
 Seal none
 Date 1958
 Edition 45 of 200
 Publisher  InternationalGraphic Arts Society, New York.  Commissioned in 1957 by InternationalGraphic Art Society (IGAS) to make a number of works, each limited to200 editions.  Takahashi made 5 different prints for the Society within3 years.
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good- two remnants of hinging tape on verso not visible from front,wrinkling (waviness) primarily on margins, crease lower left corner ofmargin, crease (possibly created during printing process) from lowerright margin to center of bottom margin.
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 MiscellaneousThis print sold at auction 1993 (Dunnings) and again in 1995 (Leslie Hindman) previous to my purchase.
 H x W Paper22 x 17 in. (55.9 x 43.2 cm)
 H x W Image18 5/8 x 13 5/8 in. (47.3 x 34.6 cm)
 Collections This PrintMeadArt Museum at Amherst College (AC 1994.657); Weatherspoon Art Museum,UNC, Greensboro (1982.3355); National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo(P0-1855)
 Reference LiteratureCatalogue Raisonné: Rikio Takahashi, The Woodblock Printspublished by Abe Publishing LTD., 1998, p. 125 number 83, color pl. p. 32.