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The Letter (From Kyoto)
  • Takahashi Rikio
    1917–1999
    born: Tokyo, Japan ; active: Japan
  • The Letter (From Kyoto), 1984, Showa period (1926–1989)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut, embossing
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 422 x 416 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 16 5/8 x 16 3/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 25 x 20 in
  • Museum purchase: Lucy Shaw Schultz Fund
  • Not on display
  • 1990.0066
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Takahashi Rikio is the foremost pupil of Onchi Kōshirō (1891-1955), a pivotal figure in the experimental Sōsaku Hanga (Creative Print) movement of the early twentieth century. Takahashi remains a disciple of Onchi's lyrical abstract style and, like his teacher's, his work reflects the influence of both early twentieth century European artists such as Wassily Kandinsky and of older Japanese and Chinese classical traditions. In The Letter (from Kyoto), Takahashi has used blind embossing to print the characters of his "letter" and has overlapped blocks of color to create new tones, a technique he learned from Onchi Kōshirō.

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Takahashi Rikio is the foremost pupil of Onchi Kōshirō, with whom he studied until Onchi's death in 1957. Takahashi remains a disciple of Onchi's lyrical abstract style, which is demonstrated in his use of his teacher's favorite technique-- the overlapping of blocks of color to create new tones. In this work, Takahashi also has used blind embossing to print the characters of his "letter."