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Wedding Rocks - Futami Bay

Wedding Rocks - Futami Bay
by Tokuriki Tomikichiro

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Artist: Tokuriki Tomikichiro 徳力富吉郎
Title: Wedding Rocks - Futami Bay
Date 1st edition?1960
Publisher 1st edition?Uchida 内田
Publisher (this edition)?Uchida 内田
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 33448
Notes (1st edition)?
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:

Woodblock: Tokuriki Wedding Rocks

14.25"x9.25" plus margins

Tomikichiro Tokuriki designed woodblock prints for two distinct genre: shin hanga and sosaku hanga. Shin hanga are very representative and tend to deal with traditional Japanese settings and costumes whereas sosaku hanga are more impressionistic making no pretense of photorealism. Before World War II Tokuriki produced prints for Uchida, Kyoto Hanga and Unsodo. After the war he established his own publishing company to produce his prints. Some of these post World War II prints are self-carved and self-printed.

This print is of the Wedding Rocks. The rope ties together (weds) the two rocks which are or represent the rock dieties Izanagi (male) and Izanami (female) who on their third attempt at procreation produced the islands of Japan. This is according to the creation story for Japan and its prominent families. That being said, the print stands on its own merits. Tokuriki made excellent use of texture in this print, both in the sky and water.

Two unusual features shown in the images below are the seal at the bottom right corner and the watermark in the top right corner. The seal (taking advantage of the research of Thomas Crossland on the internet) states that the publisher is Matsuku, Tokuriki's company.

The print is in excellent condition subject to the usual caveat for Tokuriki - there is ink in the margins. The only apparent mounting was in a presentation folder with linen tape which was easily removed.

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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