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Wind in the Body

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Wind in the Body

by Takahashi Rikio, 1955


IHL Cat. #132

About This Print

Windin the Body is the earliest Takahashi print in this collection.  It is a tour de force of non-representational forms which leave the impression of a body in motion, perhaps stirred by an inner wind.  While the print is shown in the Catalogue Raisonné in a landscape orientation, the placement of the date inscription and signature suggest Takahashi wanted a portrait, rather than landscape,orientation for this print, as shown above.

There may be several states for this print, as the Catalogue Raisonné shows 1955 as the "year of production" but this print is dated October 1957.

Catalogue Raisonné Entry and Reference Image

 #55 - Catalogue Raisonné
(Rikio Takahashi, The Woodblock Prints,
published by Abe Publsihing LTD., 1998)
Artist's impressed mark, date and signature

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #132
 Title Wind in the Body 体の中の風
 Series n/a
 Takahashi Rikio (1917-1998)
 Pencil signed by artist - Rikio Takahashi in English
 Seal Rikio – impressed into paper
 Date Oct57 on print (Catalogue Raisonné shows 1955 as “year of production” but has note in Japanese referencing 1957.)
 Edition unnumbered
 Publisher  self-published
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair- wrinkling and folding throughout print, small tear in lower right,mounting remnants on verso along top margin and top of side margins
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 24 3/4 x 17 3/4 in. (62.9 cm x 45.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 Collections This Print
 Reference LiteratureCatalogue Raisonné: Rikio Takahashi, The Woodblock Printspublished by Abe Publishing LTD., 1998, p. 121, number 55.