The Confusion Era:
Art and Culture of Japan During the Allied Occupation, 1945-1952


Imatake Shichiro,
"Let's All Make a Bright Future for Japan: Sumitomo Bank," fall 1945.
Offset print, 67 x 48 cm.

Some posters appearing in the first months after the war combined commercial advertising and public service announcements. In this poster, designed by Imatake Shichiro (born 1905) for the Sumitomo Bank, the poignant image of peace doves speaks to an issue clearly prominent on survivors' minds-- peace. Imatake was a leader of the modernist movement in graphic design as well as being a noted painter.







courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution