Sanjō Bridge

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Sanjō Bridge

by Tokuriki Tomikichirō, c. 1950s

Arashiyama in spring

IHL Cat. #1006

About This Print

Likely a self-printed and published work by Tokuriki, presenting a view from almost underneath the Sanjō Bridge, which crosses Kyoto's Kamo River, out towards the Shijo Ohashi bridge. 

The Artelino website titles this print Sanjō Bridge in Sunset Glow and notes "Walking beside a bridge you see the beautiful red sky, painted by the light of the evanescent sun." The description is likely taken from the original presentation folder for this print.

As with many of Tokuriki's self-printed works, this print exists in at least one other state using slightly different color shades, as shown below on the left, and a similar view of the bridge presented in a horizontal oban format also exists, as shown below on the right.  In discussing the oban version of this print, curator George Kuwayama, notes "Tradition is strong in Tokuriki's work, and compositional analogies to Hiroshige are evident in the Sanjō Bridge.  But despite his traditionalism, he is a modern print master. His palette is Fauvist and the strong, expressive lines are gouged with a knife to produce jagged contours."1

The Museum Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has a postcard version of this print, accession number 2002.12555.

mage from Artelino website

image from Saru Gallery website

Sanjō Bridge today

1 Contemporary Japanese PrintsGeorge Kuwayama, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Aug 29-Oct 22, 1972, p. 36.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1006
 Title Sanjō Bridge (三条大橋 Sanjō Ōhashi) 
 Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000)
"tomoe" carved in block lower right-hand corner and "T. Tokuriki," possibly in ink center of image at bottom.

 Seal none
 Date c. 1950s (undated)
 Edition unknown
 Publisher self-published
 Printer self-printed
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - two minor mounting remnants top corners verso
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Format shikishiban
 H x W Paper 11 3/4 x 11 5/8 in. (29.8 x 29.5 cm)
 H x W Image
 11 1/8 x 9 5/8 in. (28.3 x 24.4 cm)
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