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Plum Trees at Kitano Shrine

Plum Trees at Kitano Shrine 北野神社の梅
by Tokuriki Tomikichiro

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Artist: Tokuriki Tomikichiro 徳力富吉郎
Title: Plum Trees at Kitano Shrine 北野神社の梅
Series: 30 Subjects of Kyoto
Series (2nd): 12 Views of Kyoto Scenery
Date 1st edition?10/25/1936
Publisher 1st edition?Uchida Bijutsu Shoten 内田
Publisher (this edition)?Uchida 内田
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Shikishi
Format (this edition): Shikishi
DB artwork code: 31475
Notes (1st edition)?This scene was first published in the series "30 Subjects of Kyoto" and also in the series "12 Views of Kyoto Scenery" with different title and artist sig/seal at the lower left.
Notes (this edition)?The following information was taken from the original web listing of this artwork. Often written by non-experts, there may be inaccuracies:

"Kitano Shrine" (bull and supplicant), Japanese Woodblock Print, Tokuriki (1902-2000). This print is from Tokuriki's "Views of Kyoto" series.

Famous for his mastery of the blending of similar colors, Tokuriki here places a fragile, solitary figure in front of a massive statue. Note Tokuriki's use of purple for the supplicant's coat and bright stripes in the bull's harness, two focusing points of color in a brooding, late winter landscape. Flowers have just budded on the otherwise stark rows of plum trees that frame the supplicant's path.

The details are clear and distinct with subtly blended colors surrounding the vivid red, yellow and purple details at the center of the print. This is a strong print on light-weight paper with mild bleed-through; the image is visible on the back of the print.

There are no mat lines, indicating the print has never been framed. There is minor foxing on the back that does not come through to the front. The bottom margin has been trimmed to the print, and the two side margins are narrow, indicating they may have been trimmed. The bottom right hand corner is smudged from the printing process, and there is a small tear in the margin there. This is a strong impression with good color, and will show excellently in a frame.

There is a signature block and black seal in the lower left. Image size is approximately 9.5" x 11" and margin to margin, 10.13" x 11.5".

Artist Bio: TOKURIKI TOMIKICHIRO(1902 - 1999) - Tokuriki was born and raised in Kyotoand was influenced by the local art scene from childhood. He stayed in Kyotofor his entire career and was a leader of the Kyoto Sosaku Hanga. He graduated from the KyotoCity School of Fine Arts and Crafts and after that from the KyotoCity Specialist School of Painting. While he began his career in the painting field, he found his true calling in the woodblock print field and was enthusiastic about the reemergence of woodblock prints in 20th century Japanese art. He was influential in the development of new artists later in his career and set up his own publishing company called Matsukyu.

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