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NIWA (Movement) B2

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

NIWA (Movement) B2

by Takahashi Rikio, 1985

IHL Cat. #604

About This Print

While Japanese gardens are a primary source of material for the artist, the word NIWA (庭), Japanese for garden, made its first appearance in Takahashi's 1977 print titled NIWA R (Garden R) and subsequently appeared in at least 97 print titles, the last being two prints published in 1993, each titled, simply, NIWA.  Also see NIWA (80-K)NIWA (Winter Scenery)NIWA (April) and NIWA (Sunshine) in this collection.

Comments of Lawrence Smith
Source: Contemporary Japanese Prints: Symbols of a Society in Transition, Lawrence Smith, Harper & Row Publishers, 1985, p. 41.

Takahashi is one of the last masters of the "Creative Print" movement (Sōsaku Hanga).  In his youth he was one of the last associates of Onchi Kōshirō (1891-1955) (d. 1955) and has explored with persistent intensity the semi-abstract woodblock style perfected by the master in the last ten years of his life.  Takahashi shows in this print the main features of that style - quiet but warm and very harmonious colours, much use of space, the overlapping of blocks of colour to produce interesting nuances of tone, and the use of almost recognizable pictorial elements such as rocks.  The artist, who now lives in Atami in Shizuoka Prefecture, continues to use the theme of the Japanese garden (Niwa) seen from above as the basis for his dignified and poetic works.

Catalogue Raisonné Entry

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

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #604
 Title  NIWA (Movement) B2   庭 (動) B2
 Series  NIWA
 Catalogue Raisonné  Number 426
 Takahashi Rikio (1917-1998)
 Pencil signed by artist - Rikio Takahashi in English
 Seal  none
 Date  1985
 Edition  2 of 50
 Publisher  self-published
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - 3 pieces hinging tape top verso
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous  Niwa translates literally into Garden.
 H x W Paper  36 x 24 1/2 in. (91.4 x 62.2 cm)
 H x W Image  32 1/4 x 21 3/8 in. (81.9 x 54.3 cm)
 Collections This Print  British Museum 1986,1029,0.62
 Reference Literature See bibliography on Rikio Takahashi page