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Kyoto's Voice

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Kyoto's Voice

by Takahashi Rikio, 1964

IHL Cat. #239

About This Print

The Kyoto Prints

Kyoto has been the predominant theme of Takahashi's work.  Kyoto, either named or referenced in the print title, appears in a total of sixty-three of the artists prints, spanning almost his entire career.

Source: 44 Modern Japanese Print Artists, Gaston Petit, Kodansha International Ltd., 1973, p. 148-149.

"Kyoto, former capital of Japan, is the focus of Takahashi's artistic inspiration, a city to which this artist remains profoundly attached.... Despite its size, it has an intimacy, an accessible charm to which Takahashi has yielded completely."

In discussing this print, Kyoto's Voice, Petit states, "Simplicity is a keynote in Takahashi's works, yet it, too, conveys more than a mere freedom from complexity or an absence of pretentiousness.  One could even go so far as to describe it as the unity of that which has no form.  The lightly embossed print shown here speaks of Zen gardens under snow, glittering in the void.  It is a distillation of the spirit of Kyoto, whose restraint and elegance are epitomized in its gardens."

Catalogue Raisonné Entry

Catalogue Raisonné #153
(Rikio Takahashi, The Woodblock Prints, published by Abe Publishing LTD., 1998

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #239
 Title Kyoto's Voice 京都の声
 Series n/a
 Catalogue Raisonné Number 153
 Takahashi Rikio (1917-1998)
 Pencil signed by artist - Rikio Takahashi in English
 Seal none
 Date 1964
 Edition 9 of 10
 Publisher  self-published
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair – overall toning; paper brittle, soft handling creases, masking tape remnants verso on 4 margins, 2.5” tear from paper edge upper left margin into image
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 38 x 26 in. (96.5 x 66 cm)
 H x W Image 37 1/4 x 25 in. (94.6 x 63.5 cm)
 Collections This Print The British Museum 1986,0321,0.754 (Impression 2 of 10)
 Reference Literature See bibliography on Rikio Takahashi page; 44 Modern Japanese Print Artists, Gaston Petit, Kodansha International Ltd., 1973, plate 217.