Artwork Details for Tatsumi, Shimura (1907-1980) "Maihime (Dancing Girl)"

Tatsumi, Shimura (1907-1980) - Maihime (Dancing Girl) - 舞姫め

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Maihime (Dancing Girl) - 舞姫め
by Tatsumi, Shimura (1907-1980) - 志村立美

Artist:Tatsumi, Shimura (1907-1980) - 志村立美
Title:Maihime (Dancing Girl) - 舞姫め
Series:Five Figures of Modern Beauties - 現代美人風俗五態
Date:1953 (this artwork: 1960s/70s/80s)
Publisher:Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho
Medium:Woodblock - 木版画
Format:Large Oban - 大大判, 29 x 46cm (sheet size)
Condition:Pristine. Slight mark from the print's original windowed folder (exaggerated by my scanner).
Price: Sold
Artwork Code:8092-Shimura_Tatsumi
Notes:Rare - from the limited edition (91/300). Pencil-signed and editioned by the artist. Red Tatsumi seal and characters in lower right of image. Nakagawa carver's seal and Ono printer's seal in right margin. Title embossed in bottom margin. Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho seal also in bottom margin. Compare with same print on page 182 of the book "The Female Image, 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties".
Prints from the 300-print limited edition were housed inside a green or red Japanese 'tatou' case

Caution: prints from an open (= unlimited) edition are often sold as being from the limited edition strike. A true limited edition print by Tatsumi will have either the edition number written on the print, or one or two thin red seals in the margin. Please see my research note on the various editions here.

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.
Related link:See an overview of the editions of this series on my Shimura Tatsumi webpage:
Search:Tatsumi, Shimura (1907-1980) (See more prints by this artist)

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