Artwork Details for Tatsumi, Shimura (1907-1980) "Haori"
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Haori - はおり
by Tatsumi, Shimura (1907-1980) - 志村立美
|Artist:||Tatsumi, Shimura (1907-1980) - 志村立美|
|Title:||Haori - はおり|
|Series:||Two Subjects of Japanese Women - 日本の女二題|
|Date:||c. 1970s (this artwork: First edition)|
|Publisher:||Yuyudo - 悠々洞出版|
|Medium:||Woodblock - 木版画|
|Format:||Double Oban - 特大版, 45 x 37.6cm (image size)
|Notes:||Sheet size 49.5 x 42cm.
Publisher's seal in the lower left margin. Artist signature and seal at lower right. Printer and carver details at bottom of right margin. Includes original deluxe folder, series brochure, and series album. This is a set item along with item 11136.
|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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