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


Tatsumi, Shimura (1907-1980) - Lantern - 行燈

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Lantern - 行燈
by Tatsumi, Shimura (1907-1980) - 志村立美

Artist:Tatsumi, Shimura (1907-1980) - 志村立美
Title:Lantern - 行燈
Date:1940s/50s
Publisher:Self
Medium:Scroll/Makuri roll - 掛軸ーまくり
Format:Long scroll - 掛軸, 53 x 148cm
Condition:Slight soiling in the painted area, as expected for a scroll of this age. Some slight flaking of the white pigments on the kimono. Backing appears to have been replaced as it is in fine condition. Original scroll box is in good condition.
Price:$2115 (EMS Express worldwide shipping: $40)
Artwork Code:11469-Shimura_Tatsumi
Notes:A very rare example of Tatsumi's early work. Due to the scroll shows some ageing (soiling to the painted area and flaking of the white pigment) and along with the style of the bijin's face, a dating to around the late 1940s or early 1950s is suggested, before Tatsumi settled on his trademark bijin face as seen in his later circa 1960s double-oban woodblock print works (note his 1953 series also exhibited a lot of variability in the compositions of the five bijin's faces). Includes Tatsumi's original titled, signed, and sealed scroll box. Hand painted roller ends. Painted area is 41 x 81cm.
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 1952 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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