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Musician Greenwich Village

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Musician Greenwich Village

by Takahashi Rikio, 1964

 IHL Cat. #238  IHL Cat. #2240

About This Print.

It is always fascinating to look at an artist's proof, IHL Cat. #2240, and the final edition of the print, IHL Cat. #238. While the editioned version is of very poor quality with severe toning and horizontal and vertical "burn" marks on the paper, we can see that the biggest change from the artist proof to the editioned print was the addition of the orange markings in the lower right of the print. 

Created the year following Takahashi's 1963 visit to the United States, this print captures the feel of the Greenwich Village jazz scene in the early 60s.  One of my favorite prints by the artist, only ten impressions were made.  Even in this print's fragile and poor condition, I am pleased that it has found a home in my collection and it is now supplemented to an artist proof print.

Catalogue Raisonné Entry

#152 - Catalogue Raisonné
[note: artist proof if pictured]
(Rikio Takahashi, The Wood
block Prints,
published by Abe Publishing LTD., 1998) 

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #238 and #2240
 Title  IHL Cat. #238: Musician “Greenwich village”  
 IHL Cat. #2240 Musician (Greenwich village)
 Series  n/a
 Catalogue Raisonné  Number 152
 Takahashi Rikio (1917-1998)
 Pencil signed by artist - Rikio Takahashi in English
 Seal  none
 Date  1964
 Edition  IHL Cat. #238: 4 of 10; IHL Cat. #2240 Artist Proof
 Publisher  self-published
 Impression  IHL Cat. #238: excellent; IHL Cat. #2240: excellent
 Colors  IHL Cat. #238: good; IHL Cat. #2240: excellent
 Condition  IHL Cat. #238: poor – overall toning; paper brittle, one vertical and one horizontal stripe of paper burn (discoloration); multiple margin tears; short lengths of repair tape to margins verso
 IHL Cat. #2240: good - handling creases; minor soiling
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper  IHL Cat. #238: 37 3/4 x 26 1/8 in. (95.9 x 66.4 cm)
 IHL Cat. #2240: 35 5/8 x 24 1/2 in. (90.5 x 62.2 cm)
 H x W Image  IHL Cat. #238: 32 1/2 x 20 5/8 in. (82.6 x 52.4 cm) 
 IHL Cat. #2240: 32 x 20 9/16 in. (81.3 x 52.2 cm)
 Collections This Print
 The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (P00527); San Francisco Fine Arts Museums (1965.68.130)
 Reference Literature  See bibliography on Rikio Takahashi page
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