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Pastel rooftops march among the green foliage on this iconic mid-century painting by Miwa Chosei in the original frame bearing the artists “Tomo Seal” on back and in a box from Takashimaya Department Store dating from the 1950s titled Ieshima no Ienami (Rows of houses on Ieshima). A similar work was exhibited at the 11th Nitten. Pigment on silk it is in fine condition. The painting is 22 x 23 inches (56 x 58.5 cm). The frame is 30 x 28 x 2 inches (76 x 71 x 5 cm). The label of Takashimauya remains on both the frame and the box.
Miwa Chosei (1901-1983) was born in Niigata prefecture, the son of a Western Style (oil) painter. He was sent to Kyoto to study at the age of fourteen, where he would graduate the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts (Mod Kyoto University of Fine Art). He entered the tutelage of Domoto Insho, a progressive and very talented young artist at that time. His work was first accepted into the Teiten (mod Nitten) in 1927, and he would subsequently be awarded there for the first time in 1934. He became the lead student at Insho’s school from its establishment. He was an important member of the progressive movement in the post war years.