'Heian Shrine Gate in Snow'
This woodblock print depicts Kyoto's Heian Shrine entrance gate on a snowy day. There are visitors near the entrance, one under a snow umbrella. This cheerful and colorful snow print dates to c1950, well within the lifetime of the artist. It is beautifully matted and framed, and is in fine condition. The print sight size is 6" x 4.5", and the frame measures 9" x 11". Tomikichiro was the 12th generation of artists in his family. He graduated from the Kyoto City School of Fine Arts and the Kyoto City Specialist School of Painting in 1924 and began his career as a painter, later becoming engrossed in the art of woodblock prints. He was an ardent supporter on the Sosaku Hanga and Shin Hanga movements and is one of the most highly respected woodblock artists of the 20th century. Around 1945 Tokuriki set up his own publishing company, called Matsukyu Publishing, to carve, print and distribute his own, and other Sosaku and Shin Hanga woodblocks. During his career, he made many trips to Europe and America, gaining international attention. He was very prolific, producing hundreds of different woodblock series. This print bears the artist's cipher and seal, along with its title. P2029 $85