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Collection

TAKAHASHI Rikio

(Japan 1917 – 1999)

Title
Scene (Garden)
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
Year
1976
Media category
Print
Materials used
colour woodcut
Edition
6/50
Dimensions

50.0 x 41.0 cm image; 61.5 x 46.5 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Rikio Takahashi/ '76".
Credit
Gift of Michael Gleeson-White 1988
Accession number
172.1988
Location
Not on display
Further information

Takahashi Rikio was born in Tokyo, the son of a 'Nihonga' (Japanese-style) painter and nephew of a 'Yoga' (Western-style) artist. After the war he studied with Onchi Koshiro, one of the leaders of the Creative Prints movement, and in the 1960s furthered his education at the California Institute of Art. After this he became well known in both the West and Japan.

Takahashi developed a modern abstract style using the traditional woodblock medium in a unique fashion. His distinctive technique involved overlapping coloured areas with thin watercolour ink. His typical palette of subdued browns, greens and blues reflected the natural tones and calm settings of gardens in Kyoto, which inspired many of his prints such as the one in this gallery's collection.

Reference
The Lavenberg Collection of Japanese Prints. www.myjapanesehanga.com. Accessed 11 March 2013.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2013.

Bibliography (1)

Contemporary Japanese Prints, London, 1985, (illus.). illus.no.62

Exhibition history (1)

Japanese prints of the 20th century, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Jun 1990–12 Aug 1990