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.
Junichiro Sekino, 20th Century Master - Junichiro Sekino was one of the leading artists of the twentieth century sosaku hanga, or creative prints, movement in Japan, in which artists themselves were involved in every aspect of printmaking. Sekino designed, carved, and printed his images himself, gaining an international reputation for his amazing range of subjects and techniques. A true 20th century master, Sekino's works are included in major museum collections around the world. His woodblocks are highly collectible and sought after by modern print collectors.
Benkeibashi (Benkei Bridge), 1945 - Terrific view of the famous Benkei Bridge in summer, the hillside beyond the bridge filled with lush foliage and trees. The arched wooden structure stretches across the water, which shimmers with reflections. A great early Sekino design, also in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. This print has an original label on the reverse (see below).
Artist - Junichiro Sekino (1914 - 1988)
Image Size - 7" x 9 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at top corners from previous mounting. Light toning and spotting. Please see photos for details.