Artwork Details for Tatsumi, Shimura (1907-1980) "Misora Hibari and Azuma Chiyonosuke"


Tatsumi, Shimura (1907-1980) - Misora Hibari and Azuma Chiyonosuke - 美空ひばり・東千代之介

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Misora Hibari and Azuma Chiyonosuke - 美空ひばり・東千代之介
by Tatsumi, Shimura (1907-1980) - 志村立美

Artist:Tatsumi, Shimura (1907-1980) - 志村立美
Title:Misora Hibari and Azuma Chiyonosuke - 美空ひばり・東千代之介
Date:1958
Publisher:Unknown - 不明
Medium:Machine Printing - 印刷
Format:Kuchi-e - 口絵, 25 x 31cm. (sheet size)
Condition:Near fine. A few stress marks (fine creases) in the paper, Small stains at the right edge.
Price:$180. December sale price: $153 (EMS Express worldwide shipping: $30)
Artwork Code:13580-Shimura_Tatsumi
Notes:A magazine advertising poster for the movie musical "Onmitsu Shichishou Ki" (隠密七生) featuring the movie stars Misora Hibari (美空ひばり) and Azuma Chiyonosuke (東千代之介).

This is the first time I have seen such works by Tatsumi. Extremely rare.

志村立美。山本富士子・長谷川一夫『銭形平次捕物控』美人画(印刷)。約31cm×25cm。映画公開時のもの(昭和30年代)です。美観を損なうような傷みや汚れはありません。保存状態良好。半世紀以上前の紙もののしてはきれいなほうだと思います。
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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