Artwork Details for Tatsumi, Shimura (1907-1980) "Gesture"


Tatsumi, Shimura (1907-1980) - Gesture - しぐさ

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Gesture - しぐさ
by Tatsumi, Shimura (1907-1980) - 志村立美

Artist:Tatsumi, Shimura (1907-1980) - 志村立美
Title:Gesture - しぐさ
Series:Two Subjects of Japanese Women
Date:c. 1970s (this item: First edition)
Publisher:Yuyudo - 悠々洞出版
Medium:Woodblock - 木版画
Format:Double Oban - 特大版, 45 x 38cm (image size)
Condition:Basically pristine. The slightest of matte tone lines in the right and bottom right margins.
Price: Sold
Artwork Code:10571-Shimura_Tatsumi
Notes:Rarely seen in Japan and nearly impossible to find outside of Japan as Tatsumi prints are extremely rare and highly cherished here and seldom sold. Sheet size 49.5 x 42cm. Edition 306/450.
Publisher's seal in the lower left margin. Artist signature and seal at lower right. Printer and carver details at bottom left of right margin. Due to the large size I will ship this print rolled in a sturdy tube (flat shipping available for an extra charge). The original frame is also available but is not included in the quoted price due to its heavy weight. It can be shipped for the extra shipping charge alone (please enquire).
Artist Biography:
Tatsumi Shimura is known for designing several striking bijin-ga prints towards the end of the Shin Hanga movement. Born in Takasaki, Gunma, Shimura's real name was Sentaro. In 1921, he began studying art with Yamakawa Saiho, a well-known illustrator. Three years later, he became an apprentice of Saiho's son, Yamakawa Shuho, who was also a bijin-ga artist. Shimura exhibited paintings with Kyodotai in 1927 and with Seikinkai in 1938. He became known for his paintings of beautiful women with long eyelashes and blurred pupils. As a young man, Tatsumi also worked as an illustrator for newspapers, serialized novels, and magazines, notably for the Japanese magazine "Woman's world" (Fujokai). His most famous illustrations were for the novel Tange Sazen by Hayashi Fubo. From 1948 to 1952, Shimura designed several woodblock prints of beauties that were published by Kato Junji. Later he collaborated with the Japanese Institute of Prints (Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho) to create a series called "Five figures of modern beauties" (Gendai bijin fuzoku gotai). These prints were first published in 1953 in an edition size of 200 and contain a thin red rectangular Gihachiro supervisor seal (Okuyama Gihachiro was the founder of the publisher). The series was later reprinted in the 1960s/70s/80s in other edition sizes of 100, 200, and 300, plus an open (unlimited) edition (see here for further details). They depict Japanese women in traditionally feminine poses and attire. The finely detailed figures are juxtaposed against very simple backgrounds. Tatsumi later published various other gorgeous bijin-ga in double-oban size via the publisher Momose in the 1980s.
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