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The Letter (From New York)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

The Letter (From New York)

by Takahashi Rikio, 1985

NIWA (Nunnery)

IHL Cat. #586


About This Print

One of nineteen prints in Takahashi's series of prints featuring the artist's "letters" from places around the world.   This series began in 1984 with the print titled The Letter and concluded in 1994 with the print The Letter (From Season).   In this series, Takahashi pays homage to various cities, countries and places including Geneva, Paris, London, New York, Switzerland, Kyoto, Southern Italy, Mexico and Jerusalem. 

Central Park?, skyscrapers? New York harbor? What is the almost cat-like pink figure in the middle of this print?  As with many of his other prints, Takahashi employs deep embossing to bring three dimensionality to this work and "N.Y." is prominently displayed in the white oval.  As with the print The Letter (From Southern Italy) his abstract script flows across this print.

Catalogue Raisonné Entry

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

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #586
 Title The Letter (From New York)   手紙 (ニューヨークより)
 Series The Letter
 Takahashi Rikio (1917-1998)
 Pencil signed by artist - Rikio Takahashi in English
 Seal none
 Date 1985
 Edition 25 of 50
 Publisher  self-published
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku-hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper18 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. (47 x 47 cm)
 H x W Image
 Collections This Print
 Reference Literature Catalogue Raisonné: Rikio Takahashi, The Woodblock Printspublished by Abe Publishing LTD., 1998, p. 168 number 430.