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The Lyric in Kyoto

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

The Lyric in Kyoto

by Takahashi Rikio, 1960

Series "Kyoto" No. 22


IHL Cat. #131

About This Print

Source: Contemporary Japanese Prints, Michiaki Kawakita, pub. by Kodansha Int’l, 1967, p. 38-39. 
“Since 1950, Takahashi, who was a pupil of Onchi Koshiro (1891-1955), has been exhibiting his work with the Japan Print Association.  In Kyoto Evocations1 [Lyric of Kyoto], he adopts a kind of lyrical-abstract approach, derived in part from his master, which combines flowing, fretted shapes to evoke the classic grace and urbanity of Kyoto.  The coloring, in its restrained richness, was probably inspired by the ancient capital.”

There were likely two states of this image, the first printed in 1960 and the second, possibly, in 1971 or 1972. See below images from Catalogue Raisonné and LACMA collection.  The print in this collection does not carry an edition number, although the Catalogue Raisonné entry below lists the edition size as fifty prints.

1 It is unknown why Kawakita has referred to this print as Kyoto Evocations in his book.  (See image on right below.)

Catalogue Raisonné Entry and Reference Images


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

  The Lyric in Kyoto-60, 1971
Print, Color woodblock print, Image: 32 3/4 x 21 1/4 in. (83.2 x 54.0 cm); Paper: 36 1/2 x 24 13/16 in. (92.7 x 62.9 cm)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Felix Juda (M.81.267.21)
Kyoto Evocations
Woodcut, 82.1 x 53.8 cm.
(Contemporary Japanese Print
s, Michiaki Kawakita, pub. by Kodansha Int’l, 1967, plate on p.
39.)

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #131
 Title
 京都の抒情 [in Japanese]; The Lyric in Kyoto [in English]
 Series  Kyoto
 Catalogue Raisonné  Number 105
 Artist
 Takahashi Rikio (1917-1998)
 Signature
 Pencil signed by artist - Rikio taka
 Seal  none
 Date  1960
 Edition  unnumbered but Catalogue Raisonné lists the edition as 50. There were likely two states of this image, the first printed in 1960 and the second, possibly, in 1971 or 1972. See above images from Catalogue Raisonné and LACMA collection.
 Publisher  self-published
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  very good
 Condition  good - some tape remnants in the margins, both front and back, and thinning where tape was removed. Some small tears in paper inside image repaired with paper tape.  Minor paper toning.
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous  Kawakita in the book Contemporary Japanese Prints, lists the title of this print as Kyoto Evocations which may only be an issue of a variant translation from the original Japanese. Clearly it is the same print as Lyric in Kyoto.
 Format  
 H x W Paper  34 7/8 x 23 7/8 in. (88.7 x 60.7 cm)
 H x W Image  33 1/2 x 22 in. (85.1 x 55.9 cm)  (“H” dimension includes signature.)
 Collections This Print  Los Angeles County Museum of Art M.81.267.21
 Reference Literature See bibliography on Rikio Takahashi page; Contemporary Japanese Prints, Michiaki Kawakita, Kodansha International, 1967, plate on p.39.
 
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