Scenes of Last Tokyo - In 1945, Fugaku Shuppansha published a portfolio of 15 prints by nine different artists illustrating scenes of Tokyo. It is believed that the phrase "Last Tokyo" in the title was a typographical error that should have read "Lost Tokyo." Published a few months after Japan's surrender, many of the subjects depicted suffered damage or destruction during WWII. The images recall these important places that had so much history and meaning for Japan. The artists were all members of the Japanese Print Association working in the sosaku hanga or creative prints movement. This great series includes early designs by artists such as Junichiro Sekino and Kiyoshi Saito, who would go on to gain prominence in the sosaku hanga tradition. Rarely seen in the market, these prints are a great choice for a collector interested in modern Japanese woodblocks.
With Original Presentation Folder - This print comes in its original windowed presentation folder as issued by the publisher, with a paper label inside identifying the subject in English and Japanese. The print is attached on the reverse at the top corners to the folder. A nice opportunity to acquire one of these rare prints in the original presentation format.
Artist - Kawakami Sumio (1895 - 1972)
Image Size - 7 1/8" x 9 1/2" + margins as shown; folder 11 1/2" x 14"
Condition - Nice color and detail. Light toning at edges from mat, a few spots, small indent on street.
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