Woman Combing Her Hair
(Kami o suku bijin)
self-carved and self-printed by the artist, pencil signed at lower left T. Tokuriki and numbered in the lower right corner, 80/100, n.d., ca. 1947
oban tate-e 15 5/8 by 10 3/4 in., 39.7 by 27.2 cm
Tomikichiro Tokuriki was born and raised in Kyoto, the 12th generation in a long family line of artists serving the Honganji Temple. After first studying painting at the Kyoto City School of Fine Arts and Crafts, and the Kyoto City Specialist School of Painting, he entered the atelier of the painter Tsuchida Bakusen in 1928 before switching to woodblock prints the following year. He was a member of several art and print organizations, exhibiting frequently, and was particularly associated with promoting sosaku hanga (self-carved, self-printed 'creative prints') in Kyoto. Before the war he published his prints with Uchida, Unsodo and Kyoto Hanga-in, where sometimes he would handle the carving of the blocks, sometimes he would delegate those tasks to other artisans within the publishing houses. After the war he established the Matsukyu Publishing Company to distribute his own self-carved, self-printed works, as well as that of some of his fellow sosaku-hanga artists and to provide training for carving and printing. He was prolific landscape artist, producing very few figural works. This print has been identified as a portrait of the artist's wife and variously dated to 1935 and 1947.
Shizuya Fujikake, D., Japanese Woodblock Prints, Japan Travel Bureau, 1938, revised and expanded 1949, pp. 108-111 (tipped in color plate, A Woman Combing Her Hair)
Oliver Statler, Modern Japanese Prints, 1956, p. 199 (Woman Combing Her Hair, 1947)
Helen Merritt, Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints, 1990, pp. 88-92
Helen Merritt & Nanako Yamada, Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, 1992, p. 153
Amanda T. Zehnder, Modern Japanese Prints: The Twentieth Century, Carnegie Museum of Art, 2009, p. 174, Seated Buddha, 1949 (for similar signature)
(inv. no. 10-5297)
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