Unlike paintings made for commercial purposes (e.g., box art), freeform compositions, like this beautiful central European mountain scene, allow Koike to spend more time developing the background of the painting as well as the aircraft. The protagonist here, an Albatros D.III, was designed in 1916 and began an illustrious period of aerial domniance in 1917, being flown by many famous German pilots, including Manfred von Richtoffen himself. It was used after the war as well, with about 1,800 examples having been built.
This original painting is acrylic on heavy art board. The board measures 54cm x 39cm, and the painted area is approximately 45.5cm x 31cm.