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Sumio Kawakami


Tomakamai Print Collecton: Landscape with Bridge
(Hanga-shu Tomakomai: Hashi no aru fukei)

self-carved, self-printed; signed in penciled Roman script, S. Kawakami, ca. 1948

koban 6 1/4 by 8 3/8 in., 15.9 by 21.4 cm

Kawakami was an English teacher and self-taught sosaku hanga artist who was a member of the Kokuga Sosaku Kyokai (National Painting Creation Association), which became the Kokugakai, a member of Nihon Sosaku-Hanga Kyokai (Japan Creative Print Association), and a founding member of Nihon Hanga Kyokai (Japan Print Association).

This landscape is an early composition, most of his later works were produced using a single black-outline block with hand-coloring in a similar manner as his famous follower, Shiko Munakata (1903-1975), although Kawakami would apply the ink to the front of the paper.

Nihon no hanga V 1941-1950, "Nihon no hanga" to wa nani ka (Japanese Prints IV, 1941-1950, What is a 'Japanese Print'), Chiba City Museum of Art, 2008, p. 95, no. 161-1

price: Sold


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