194. Item #90460
Tokuriki Tomikichiro 徳力富吉郎 SHIKI TÔKYÔ FÛKEI 四季東京風景 FOUR SEASONS OF TOKYO, Kyoto. N.D. [c.40s?]
Four original multicolor woodblock prints 21 x 28cm, laid in with matted frames 25.5 x 35cm and housed in a portfolio 26 x 35.5cm. Printed title slip in Japanese and English on portfolio cover. Laid-down colophon with descriptions in English and Japanese text. Blocks are carved and printed by Uchida Woodblock Printer, Takakura. Undated, but probably early postwar, pre-1963 when a highway was built over the Nihonbashi bridge.
Each print is titled in the colophon, as follows, representing one season in a particular location in Tokyo, and has the publisher’s hanko.
Spring: “Cherry Blossoms of Temple Asakusa” 浅草の桜
Summer: “A Rainy Scene at Niju-bashi Bridge” 雨の二重橋
Fall: The Moon Viewed at Shinobazu Pond” 上野不忍池の月
Winter: “A Snowy Scene of Nihon-bashi Bridge” 日本橋の雪景
Tokuriki Tomikichiro 徳力富吉郎 (1902-2000) was born in Kyoto into a family of 12 generations of artists and his first teacher was his own grandfather Kosei Shoseki [1843-1919], an important traditional artist and influential teacher of many others, including Shimomura Kanzan. Tokuriki went on to study art formerly in Kyoto, graduating from Kyoto College of Fine Art. In 1922, while he was still a student, one of his works was selected for a national exhibition. Although he was known for his Shin Hanga prints, his true love was for Sōsaku Hanga 創作版画, the Creative Print Movement.
Wear to portfolio, very slight toning to prints, otherwise good condition.