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Combing her hair

Combing her hair
by Shunsen Natori (1886-1960)

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Artist: Shunsen Natori (1886-1960) 名取春仙
Title: Combing her hair
Series: 3 beauties by Shunsen
Date 1st edition?1928
Publisher 1st edition?Watanabe Shozaburo 渡辺
Publisher (this edition)?Watanabe 渡辺
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 44139
Notes (1st edition)?Artist: Natori Shunsen
Title: Combing Her Hair
Print Type: Original, Limited Edition Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title: Three Beauties by Shunsen
Edition size: 150
Date: 1928
Publisher: S. Watanabe
Reference No: Female Image, Pl. 160
Size: 15-1/4 x 10-1/2 "
Notes: Red limitation seal on the reverse.

A Japanese beauty of the 1920s combs her hair after bathing. A rarely seen female nude print by Natori Shunsen, who is best known for his portraits of kabuki actors.

Documentation: The Female Image: 20th century prints of Japanese beauties, Hotei, 2000, illustrated on page 121, illustration 160 (illustration has identical seals).

In 1916, the same year he released his first full-sized bijin print designed by Hashiguchi Goyo (1880-1921), Watanabe Shozaburo (1885-1962) saw Shunsen Natori's paintings of actors in an exhibition and recruited the artist to design actor prints. He published two prints for Shunsen in 1916 and 1917, and then in 1925 they began a large series, Collection of Shunsen Portraits, which was offered by subscription in numbered limited editions of 150 impressions. Like many of the artists that worked for Watanabe, the subject of Shunsen's designs were primarily limited to his forté, actor portraits. And indeed, Shunsen became one of the leading, and most prolific, artists depicting kabuki subjects. He did, however, create a few works outside of his designated genre, including this bijin-ga, one of a set of three published by Watanabe.
Yamaguchi, Keizaburo, Natori Shunsen ten (Natori Shunsen Exhibition Catalogue), 1992, p. 74, no. 88.
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:

Natori Shunsen, 1886-1960
Three Beauties by Shunsen: Combing her Hair
(Shunsen bijin sanshi: Kamisuki)

dated Showa sannen saku (made in Showa 3 [1928]), Shunsen ga, with artist's seal Shunsen, with publishers seal at lower right, Hanken shoyu Watanabe Shozaburo (Copyright ownership Watanabe Shozaburo), collector's seal Mune (or 'So') on lower left corner, and publisher's shintei (gift) seal on verso
dai oban tate-e 15 1/2 by 10 1/2 in., 39.4 by 26.8 cm

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