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Summer (Seaside No. 1)

Wind in the Body

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Summer (Seaside No. 1)

by Takahashi Rikio, 1957

IHL Cat. #1024

About This Print

Titled Seaside No. 1 in the artist's catalogue raisonné, this collection's print carries the title Summer.  With a bright yellow patch in the upper right hand corner, the artist has captured a summer day, perhaps at the seaside.
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


Takahashi Rikio (1917–1998)



Color woodblock print with embossing on paper 
Lent by Irwin Lavenberg, L2017.103.17

Bright, primary color is rarely seen in Takahashi’s pre-1965 work, his palette being limited to the soft grays and browns associated with his chosen muse, the ancient city of Kyoto. But this print comes alive with a brilliant burst of yellow sunlight. Takahashi varied the title of this print, with some impressions titled “Summer” and others titled “Seaside”.

All of his prints bring to mind the season, whether or not they are titled as such. 

Catalogue Raisonné Entry and Reference Image

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

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1024
 Title Summer (seaside No. 1) 夏 (海辺 No. 1)
 Catalogue Raisonné Number 71 (titled "Seaside No. 1" in the catalogue)
 Takahashi Rikio (1917-1998)
 Pencil signed by artist - Rikio Taka in English
 Date 1957
 Edition unnumbered
 Publisher self-published
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - minor toning, mat line; tape remnants and minor paper loss from removal of mounting tape along edge verso
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous  print is titled "Seaside No. 1" in the catalogue raisonné
 H x W Paper 21 3/4 x 17 5/8 in. (55.2 x 44.8 cm)
 H x W Image 19 3/4 x 15 1/4 in. (50.2 x 38.7 cm)
 Collections This Print
 Reference Literature Catalogue Raisonné: Rikio Takahashi, The Woodblock Printspublished by Abe Publishing LTD., 1998, p. 123, number 71.
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