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Wind in the Body

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Wind in the Body

by Takahashi Rikio, 1955


IHL Cat. #132

About This Print

Wind in the Body is the earliest Takahashi print in this collection.  It is a tour de force of non-representational forms which leave the impression of a body in motion, perhaps stirred by an inner wind.  While the print is shown in the Catalogue Raisonné in a landscape orientation, the placement of the date inscription and signature suggest Takahashi wanted a portrait, rather than landscape, orientation for this print, as shown above.

There may be several states for this print, as the Catalogue Raisonné shows 1955 as the "year of production" but this print is dated October 1957.

Catalogue Raisonné Entry and Reference Image

 #55 - Catalogue Raisonné
(Rikio Takahashi, The Woodblock Prints,
published by Abe Publsihing LTD., 1998)
Artist's impressed mark, date and signature

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #132
 Title  Wind in the Body 体の中の風
 Series  n/a
 Catalogue Raisonné  Number 55
 Takahashi Rikio (1917-1998)
 Pencil signed by artist - Rikio Takahashi in English
 Seal  Rikio – impressed into paper
 Date  Oct57 on print (Catalogue Raisonné shows 1955 as “year of production” but has note in Japanese referencing 1957.)
 Edition  unnumbered
 Publisher  self-published
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  fair - wrinkling and folding throughout print, small tear in lower right, mounting remnants on verso along top margin and top of side margins
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper  24 3/4 x 17 3/4 in. (62.9 cm x 45.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 Collections This Print
 Reference Literature Rikio Takahashi, The Woodblock Printspublished by Abe Publsihing LTD., 1998, p. 121.