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Avec (Together)

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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: 32016
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:

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Take one look at this Shima woodblock of "Two Friends" and you say they must have been good ones to exude all that happy boldness, brightness and color. This is the most just-plain cheerful Shima I've ever seen.

Made in 1961, the woodblock's image weathered the years well, the colors as bright as ever. No bends, no flaws of any kind.

A previous owner, however, keep the happiness in a bright room and 50 years of sunlight sunburned, or toned, the margin out 1/4 inch. You can see the effect in the signature picture. My own opinion is the woodblock would lose little matted back to the toning line. I'm a full-disclosure dealer. The only surprises I want when my prints show up are good ones.

Artist -- Tamami Shima

Title -- Two Friends

Genre -- Semi-abstract woodblock

Size -- Paper 16.75x11.5 inches; image 15x10

Year -- 1961

Edition -- 6/100

Condition -- Front, as noted; verso, toning and one shadow from removed mounting tape.

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