Tokuriki Tomikichiro: Spring
from the series Mt Fuji in four seasons
Japan, Showa period, 1950s
Colour woodblock print, chuban, 17 × 24 cm, artist's seal and signature. Very fine condition, slightly toned, the top edge of the print is pasted onto original presentation paper. Sold as a single print or together as a set of four in original folder.
Spring from the series Mt Fuji in four seasons , published by Uchida Bijutsu Shoten in the 1950s. The series depicts Japan's famous mountain Fuji-san in the four seasons in the shin hanga style.
Tomikichirō Tokuriki (1902–2000) was born in Kyoto, where he continued to work. The last of a long line of traditional-style painters, he turned early to woodblock prints and became a leader of the Kyoto Sosaku Hanga (creative prints), which emphasized the artist’s participation in the entire process of printmaking and the exploration of more modern styles and trends. However, like the classic shin hanga masters of the day, Tokuriki designed many woodcuts of landscapes and city views in the traditional manner, from which he made his living. Today he is mostly known for his shin hanga style prints.