[PACIFIC WAR] MITSUHASHI Takeaki, artist. ARCHIVE OF 64+ WARTIME WATERCOLORS OF SHANGHAI AND NANKING, plus two books and postcards that reproduce the paintings. Mitsuhashi was an artist with the Japanese army during the invasion of central and south coastal China at the end of the 1930s. He had an independent peacetime career and his work created during his army service was well received back home, being published in book form and also as picture postcards. Mitsuhashi chose to pass over the human toll - his images are for the most part of post-battle property destruction, the lonely and dangerous vigil of the Japanese troops far from home, etc., etc. This collection includes a heavily illustrated book published by Toeisha in 1939, Buken senseki gashu / Shiyanha, treating the "after" scenes of the battles for Shanghai and Nanking. It should be remembered that the destruction of humanity in Nanking had taken place two years earlier and there is no sign of it in the book. All the scenes are peaceful, if occasionally very bleak (not a single human death is recorded by Mitsuhashi anywhere) Anther book, a paperbound volume, Takeaki senseki gashu, also published by Toeisha in 1939, shows scenes of the Shanghai suburbs. Then there are four sets of picture postcards with reproductions of Mitsuhashi paintings. But the most interesting part of the archive is the group of original drawings and paintings by Mitsuhashi, many of which obviously served as the raw material for the book illustrations and postcards. Most of the 64 paintings are single sheet, some 27 by 36 cm in size, but some are larger and there are quite a few folding works which consist of two, three, even four or five sheets making a continuous scene. So many more than 64 sheets are involved. The skill under adverse conditions is clear. An interesting and thought provoking archive based on a subject which definitely still reverberates today.

$6,500.00