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Early Spring Garden

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Early Spring Garden

by Takahashi Rikio, 1977


IHL Cat. #198

About This Print


Source: "The World of Rikio Takahashi – The Spirit of Wood,” Masayoshi Homma, in Rikio Takahashi, The Woodblock Prints, Abe Publishing LTD. (1998) pp. 18-21.
"Beginning in the mid-sixties, a white space appeared around the motif reminiscent of the blank areas in ink painting.  In the seventies this margin was even more evident, enhancing the light, bright qualities of the print.   In the seventies, this marginal space came to have more obvious structural features.  First, a rigidly square geometric form emerged..often surrounded by empty space.  These forms first appeared in the Niwa series which was based on Kyoto motif, so I would guess that the square represented a walled garden.  If so, the delicate lines and planes, which cluster around the square like theatrical props, probably indicate trees, ponds, and rock formations in the garden.  This impression is reinforced by an amorphous form reminiscent of a single Chinese character made with heavy brush strokes which is placed under the square.  It creates a balanced contrast with the square above it.  I see it as a symbol of the living, bustling city outside the enclosed garden.  This composition of a square and a ideograph was repeated in a series of prints and became a definite structural pattern in Takahashi’s work."

This print does not appear in the artist's Catalogue Raisonné.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #198
 Title Early Spring Garden
 Series n/a
 Catalogue Raisonné Not listed
 Artist
 Takahashi Rikio (1917-1998)
 Signature
 Pencil signed by artist - Rikio Takahashi in English
 Seal none
 Date 1977
 Edition 1 of 50
 Publisher  self-published
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - moderate printing and handling creases; thinning verso along top edge from previous mounting tape.
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous
 Format 
 H x W Paper 24 1/4 x 18 1/4 in. (61.6 x 46.4 cm)
 H x W Image 20 x 14 1/2 in. (50.8 x 36.8 cm)  (“H” dimension includes signature.)
 Collections This Print
 Reference LiteratureSee bibliography on Rikio Takahashi page
 
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