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Avec (Together)

Avec (Together) アベック
by Shima Tamami

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Artist: Shima Tamami 島 珠実
Title: Avec (Together) アベック
Date 1st edition?1961
Publisher 1st edition?Self
Publisher (this edition)?Self
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Large Oban
Format (this edition): Large Oban
DB artwork code: 32014
Notes (1st edition)?Title: Dating Couple
Artist: Tamami Shima 1937-1999
Description: "Avec". Two birds in love on the abstract red background.
Signature: "Tamami Shima" in pencil on the lower margin (difficult to see).
Dated: 1961.
Medium/Technique: Woodblock print.

Width Item: 11.5 inches = 29.3 cm
Height Item: 16.9 inches = 42.8 cm

There appears to be a first edition of 100 and then a later open edition.

This print was later reissued by Takagi Shiro in 1970 after Shima Tamami moved to the USA.
Notes (this edition)?The following information was taken from the original web listing of this artwork. Often written by non-experts, there may be inaccuracies:

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

This is a RARE and Interesting Modern Japanese Woodblock Print. Shima Tamami, Japanese, S&N woodblock, birds, 1961. Striking is the word for this vibrantly coloured, highly stylized image of two birds. Hand signed by the artist. (one of Japan’s best post-war women print-makers. (one of only 10 artists chosen by James A. Michener for inclusion in his seminal book “The Modern Japanese Print – an appreciation” – in fact, one of her prints adorns the cover.). This original woodblock is dated 1961 and titled in Japanese (unread). The sheet measures 45 x 30cm (17¾’ x 11¾”); the image is 38 x 25cm (15” x 10”). Very good condition with excellent colour. The reverse shows some staining but this is not visible from the front. The woodblock is unframed and is not laid down.

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