1917 - 1999
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.
The Lavenberg Collection of Japanese Prints. www.myjapanesehanga.com. Accessed 11 March 2013.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2013.
Place where the work was made
Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
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".
Gift of Michael Gleeson-White 1988
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Japanese prints of the 20th century, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Jun 1990–12 Aug 1990
Referenced in 1 publication
Contemporary Japanese Prints, London, 1985, (illus.). illus.no.62