Keiko Minami

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Keiko Minami

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Fallen Leaves (Three Birds) - 1956

- Etching and aquatint on wove paper
- Sight: 12 x 14 in.
- Frame: 23.5 x 27 in. 
- Numbered 26/50

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About the work

Etching and aquatint on wove paper titled “Fallen Leaves,” 1956, by Keiko Minami (1911-2004). Pencil-signed lower right, numbered on lower left. A charming and uncommon work.

Keiko’s works are held by a number of major museums, including the Tate, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The latter museum holds a copy of Fallen Leaves, also known by the titles Three Birds and Autumn Leaves. 

In Japan, her works reside in the collections of The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and the National Museum of Art, Osaka.

Paper includes full margins with mild age-related toning, otherwise fine condition. Housed under museum glass.   

About the artist…

Born at Toyama, Japan, Keiko Minami studied the art of children's stories under the Japanese novelist and poet Sakae Tsuboi. 

Keiko moved to Tokyo in the postwar period to create children’s books and met her future husband, the mezzotint artist Yozo Hamaguchi. The couple moved to Paris in 1953 where Keiko studied at the Friedlaender Print Institute, leading her to work almost exclusively in etching thereafter.

Yozo Hamaguchi and Keiko Minami on right.

Yozo Hamaguchi and Keiko Minami on right.

In 1959 she was named the official artist of the United Nations. In 1961 Heinz Berggruen, a specialist in the sale of modern prints, became Minami’s exclusive art dealer. 

Keiko and Yozo moved to San Francisco in 1982 where their works were shown at Vorpal Galleries for many years.  

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