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Notes (1st edition)Dating of 1952, written on the original first-edition folders, has been confirmed by a collector. In regards to the scene, "Late Summer", a collector in Finland as stated "My mother in law got it from a Japanese Olympic delegate in Helsinki 1952". As the most common dating of this series is *circa* 1953, I think it is now most likely that this series was first published in 1952. See my article at Ohmi Gallery for details of this series and the various editions.
Signature Tatsumi Seal artist's seal (tatsumi) Dated 1953 Publisher Nihon Hanga Kenkyujo Technique/Medium Woodblock print. Description From the series, "Gendai Bijin Fuzoku Gotai" (Five Figures of the Modern Beauties). A beauty is playing the battledore and shuttlecock. Note carver Yashita Tadashichi, printer Ito Harutaro. Format Dai-Oban Width 11.8 inches = 30.0 cm Height 18.1 inches = 46.0 cm
Publisher (this edition): Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho
Date of this item: 1960s/70s 1960s/70s/80s 1990s/2000s 1990s/2000s 1990s/2000s 1990s/2000s 1990s/2000s 1990s/2000s 1990s/2000s c1953 c1960s/70s/80s
Notes (this edition)
These notes were written by the original owner/seller/auctioner of the item and may be inaccurate.:
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Tatsumi Shimura 1953 Original Woodblock Print

Five Figures of Modern Beauties

Oibane, Playing Battledore and Shuttlecock (1953, oban, bijin-ga)

Excellent - near mint condition. Limited Original Edition: 32 / 200 (hand-numbered, pencil). Red Round Seal. Carver: Nakagawa. Printer: Onodera.

All five prints in the series listed! Please check our other items.

Comes from a private collection (Paris, France) of original Shin Hanga prints. These prints have been stored in a museum-quality storage box for the last five years. Never framed, never matted, never displayed. Purchased at world renowned galleries in Europe, USA and Japan.
From the rarely seen edition of 150.

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Shimura Tatsumi (1907-1980)

Playing battledore & shuttlecock, from the series "Five figures of modern beauties" (Gendai bijin gotai - Oibane).

Size: 38 x 25 cm. (14.9" x 9.8").

Published in 1953 by Japanese Institute of Prints.

Literature: The Female Image, plate 259 (full-page).

Fine impression, colours and condition - the pictures give a very good idea of the state of the print.
Oibane, Playing Battledore and Shuttlecock from the series Gendai Bijin Fuzoku Gotai (Five Figures of Modern Beauties) by Shimura Tatsumi. Original woodblock print circa 1953. Prestine condition, color and impression. Large oban size measures 18.3 x 11.2 inches. Red Tatsumi seal and characters in upper 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 181 of the book "The Female Image, 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties"
Impression excellent title embossed on the lower margin
Colors excellent
Condition excellent - very good two pin holes (for drying prints) on the left margin, margins slightly creased
Wednesday, 1 August 2007

The print title "Playing Battledore and Shuttlecock (Oibane)" is embossed in Japanese in lower margin, center.

Signed-Tatsumi's signature in the lower right with the red Tatsumi seal below
Publisher- Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho (operated until 1953), carver and printer's seal in the right margin (see photo).
Image size- 10" x 14 3/4"
Paper size- 11 1/4" x 18 1/4"
Condition- In excellent condition, as shown. Beautiful rich color and fine detail. A full sheet (with registration chop) - not trimmed. Outstanding and a good choice for the discerning collector.
Oibane from the series Gendai Bijin Fuzoku Gotai (Five Figures of Modern Beauties) by Shimura Tatsumi. Original woodblock print circa 1953. Pristine condition, color and impression. Large oban size measures 18.2 x 11.2 inches. Red Tatsumi seal and characters in upper right of image. Nakagawa carver's seal and Onodera printer's seal in right margin. Title embossed in lower margin. Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho seal in lower margin. Compare with same print on page 181 of the book "The Female Image 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties".

Artist: Shimura Tatsumi
Format: Large Oban tate-e: 10" x 7.25"

Subject: A woman playing battledore and shuttlecock. She wears a kimono decorated with red Plum blossom pattern which is a suitable design to Ner Year's season and the collar of the underwear is embroidered with a shuttlecock pattern. Her hair is in a Western style and decorated with Roses. 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 to create a series called "Five figures of modern beauties" (Gendai bijin fuzoku gotai). These prints were published in 1953 in editions of 200. They depict Japanese women in traditionally feminine poses and attire. The finely detailed figures are juxtaposed against very simple backgrounds. "Late Summer" cleverly alludes to Hokusai's famous ukiyo-e print Red Fuji pictured on the woman's fan. After a solo exhibition on his sixtieth birthday in 1967, Shimura devoted his career entirely to Nihonga, or Japanese style painting. From the limited edition. In original folder as issued.

Publisher: Japanese Print Institute

Date: 1953

Condition: Full size with large margins (not fully shown in the scanned image). Fine state.

Colour: Superb colors.

Impression: Excellent impression of the 1st edition with gauffrage. Later editions lack the red seals in the left margin (see The Female Image pp181-3)

Other Notes: Some toning, damages and tears to folder.

Tuesday, 17 April 2007

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