The unique Western-style woodblock print "VIVE LA FRANCE" is by Hide Kawanishi (1894-1965). This large size print depicts a fabulous French cafe with vivid colors. Very rare print. This was later printed in 1980. (posthumous printing)
Hide Kawasnishi was born in Kobe. He never left his hometown. His modernist and exotic landscape of Kobe continues to fascinate people both inside and outside Japan. He is one of the pioneer artists of the Sosaku Hanga movement. (Taisho - Early Showa era)
Paper size: 14 and 1/2 x 21 and 1/2 inches (37 x 54.5 cm)
Image size: 13 and 1/8 x 19 and 1/8 inches (33.3 x 48.5 cm)
Sheet number: I/XV (edition 1/15) Extra 15 sheets were produced after the limited edition.
Signed: Artist signature with a red round seal "Hide" in Hiragana on the lower right corner of the image and a red square seal "Hide" in Kanji on the lower left margin.
Condition: Very good condition. A few minor ink smudges on the margin. Minor toning on the top margin edge.
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