Kishio Koizumi: The Monkey Bridge in Winter

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Artist: Kishio Koizumi (1893-1945)
Title: The Monkey Bridge in Winter
Date: 1939

We see a highly stylized view of the famous Saruhashi, Monkey Bridge, with giant snow clumps falling in the foreground. More than thirty sosaku-hanga print artists collaborated to create this series of prints, published between 1939-41, in the midst of World War II. Only 39 were ever issued, each in an edition of about 50; the last 29 were edited by Maekawa Senpan. According to the Art Gallery of New South Wales website, publication of this series was stopped by the Japanese authorities during WWII who feared that the interior of Japan would become known to its enemies. Provenance: Family of Junichiro Sekino.

Series: 100 Views of New Japan (Shin Nihon Hyakkei)
Dimensions: 32.7 x 25.5 cm  
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Very minor foxing near edges.
Signature: Kisio