Artist: Niimi S
Title: Bridge on a Moonlit Spring Night
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Tuesday, 21 July 2009 RARE PRE-WAR ORIGINAL SIGNED JAPANESE WATERCOLOR BY S. NIIMI. This painting was purchased by my mother while she was living in Sendai from 1935-1938. It is small painting measuring approximately 5 inches by just under 7 inches. Not much is known about pre-war Japanese painters since a much of Japan's history was destroyed during WWII. I do not know if S. Niimi survived the war to continue painting. Though my mother lived in Sendai, she frequently traveled about the country to Tokyo, Yokohama, and Kobe for example. Hence, I am not sure exactly where she purchased this watercolor. This watercolor has never been mounted, framed, or displayed. It has been in her steamer trunk since she returned from Japan in 1938.