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The Letter (From Southern Italy)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

The Letter (From Southern Italy)

by Takahashi Rikio, 1985





IHL Cat. #587

About This Print

One of nineteen prints in Takahashi's series of prints featuring the artist's "letters" from places around the world.  This series began in 1984 with the print titled The Letter and concluded in 1994 with the print The Letter (From Season).   In this series, Takahashi pays homage to various cities, countries and places including Geneva, Paris, London, New York, Switzerland, Kyoto, Southern Italy, Mexico and Jerusalem. 

Takahashi's use of bright colors and abstracted shapes captures the sun, sky and sea of southern Italy and he writes his letter to us in an abstract script that dances across the print.  As with many of his other prints, Takahashi employs deep embossing to bring three dimensionality to this work. I can't help but seeing Hokusai's great wave at the top of this print.

Also see the print The Letter (From New York) in this collection.

Catalogue Raisonné Entry

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


Print Details

 IHL Catalog #587
 Title The Letter (From Southern Italy)  手紙 (南イタリアから)
 Series The Letter
 Catalogue Raisonné Number 434
 Artist
 Takahashi Rikio (1917-1998)
 Signature
 Pencil signed by artist - Rikio Takahashi in English
 Seal none
 Date 1985
 Edition 15 of 50
 Publisher  self-published
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku-hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous
 Format 
 H x W Paper19 1/2 x 18 3/4 in. (49.5 x 47.6 cm)
 H x W Image
 Collections This Print
 Reference LiteratureSee bibliography on Rikio Takahashi page.
 

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