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- Aka Fuji (Red Mt. Fuji) -

Tomikichiro Tokuriki


** ON SALE **

The phenomenal woodblock print 'Aka Fuji' (Red Mt. Fuji) is by Tomikichiro Tokuriki. It is an exceptionally large piece, measuring 24 and 7/8 x 19 and 1/4 inches. (63 x 49 cm) The Japanese title' Aka Fuji', 'Shohan Ni-hyaku no uchi' (First edition, ed. 200), and the publisher's name 'Matsukyu' are on the right margin. The artist's signature, 'Tomi,' and the red seal are located in the lower-left corner of the image. Additionally, it is hand-signed 'T. Tokuriki' with the edition number '177/200' in pencil in the lower-right corner of the image. Red Mt. Fuji is considered an auspicious motif. This joyful print is a perfect artwork for the New Year!

According to comments on this work by Tokuriki, he immediately associates "Red Mt. Fuji" with Hokusai, and while it is daunting to compete with that, he wanted to challenge Red Mt. Fuji in contemporary printmaking. So, he looked around many spots at the red-tinged Mt. Fuji and liked the one from Mihonoseki's pine grove the best. Therefore, this image depicts Mt. Fuji from there. It's a large piece, and technically, the printing was quite challenging for him, especially dealing with gradations. The audience will determine whether his modern Red Mt. Fuji has been executed well. Even if criticism arises, he has mentioned that he won't give up on this subject and will persist in trying again and again.

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 24 and 7/8 x 19 and 1/4 inches (63 x 49 cm)
Image size: 22 and 3/4 x 16 and 5/8 inches (58 x 42.5 cm)
Sheet number: 117/200
Date: Heisei 4 (1992)
Signed: "T. Tokuriki" in pencil in the lower right corner of the image.
Condition: The overall condition is good, with minor toning. There is a mat line and a couple of faint spots in the image (upper left) and on the margin. I have reduced the price due to these issues.


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