Tokuriki: Pond and Kiyomizu Temple

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Tokuriki: Pond and Kiyomizu Temple




Subject: Pond with Kiyomizudera in the Distance

Series: Twelve Famous Views of Kyoto

Publisher: Self

Signature: Tomikichirô and T.T. in pencil, limited series 171/200

Date: c. 1970s

Format: shikishiban, 27.7 x 30.2 cm

Condition: Fine impression, color and condition

Tokuriki Tomikichiro was born in 1902 in Kyoto (died 1999). He came from a family that had been active as artists for many generations. Tokuriki graduated from the Kyoto City School of Fine Arts and Crafts and from the Kyoto City Specialist School of Painting in 1924. The old imperial city of Kyoto offered excellent training facilities for arts and crafts. Tokuriki continued his studies in Japanese-style painting as a pupil of Bakusen Tsuchida (1887-1936) and Yamamoto Shunkyo (1871-1933).

During the late 1920 he met Unichi Hiratsuka, a proponent of the new sosaku hanga art movement. Unichi gave lessons in woodblock printmaking the "sosaku" way: self-designed, self-carved, self-printed and self-published. Tokuriki changed his main focus on printmaking. In 1932 he became a member of the sosaku hanga artist association Nihon Hanga Kyokai.