Original woodblock print, Published by Nihon hanga kenkyujo 日本版画研究所 - Tatsumi Shimura (1907-1980) - 'Marumage' 丸髷 (A married woman's coiffure) - From the series "Gendai bijin fuzoku gotai" 現代美人風俗五体 (Five Figures of Modern Beauties) - Japan - 1953
Descriptive title: Reflection in the mirror
Signature: 'Tatsumi' 立美
Seal: 'Tatsumi' 立美
Tatsumi Shimura worked as an illustrator and painter, becoming well known for his portraits of beautiful women.
"Five Figures of Modern Beauties" Series:
In 1953 Shimura designed series "Five Figures of Modern Beauties" including this print "Reflection in the mirror (Marumage – Natsu). The carving and printing of these "bijin-ga" prints is truely outstanding; quoting Phillip Roach of The Honolulu Academy of Arts, "(Shimura's) prints are technical marvels." Shimura's lovely, elegant woodblock portraits are rarely seen in the market and are a nice choice for a collector of shin-hanga bijin-ga.
Very Fine. Skillfully over-printed hairlines; superb "bokashi" (gradation of colors) shading to face and "zabuton" cushion; light "gauffrage" to outline of kimono and hand mirror; highly detailed carving. Large, deeply embossed "kanji title" in center bottom margin. One very light discoloration in the upper left margin, far away from image and really almost invisible. This print has never been framed and stored in archival boxes for the last decades.
Size: 46 x 29 cm
Publisher: Nihon hanga kenkyujo 日本版画研究所 (Japanese Institute for Woodblock Prints)
Will be packed very carefully and shipped fully insured.
Please have a look at my other lots in this auction. I'm happy to combine shipping.
- Original Holzschnitt
- Polychrome woodblock printing
- Washi paper
- Herkunftsregion/ Herkunftsland
- Künstler/ Schöpfer
- Tatsumi Shimura (1907-1980)
- Thema/ Darstellung
- Titel des Kunstwerks
- 'Marumage' 丸髷 (A married woman's coiffure) - From the series "Five Figures of Modern Beauties"
- Sehr guter Zustand, siehe Beschreibung
- 46×29×0 cm