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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.
Title Start of Dance Artist Tatsumi Shimura 1907-1980 Signature "Tatsumi". Seal Artist's seal. Dated 1953. Publisher Nihon Hanga Kenkyu-jo (Tokyo). Medium/Technique Woodblock print. Title embossed on the bottom margin. Description "Gendai Bijin Fuzoku Gotai" (Five Figures of Modern Beauties). "Mai Hajime" . A beautiful dancer at the start of her performance. Note for first editions: "Gihachi Shirabezumi" (Checked by Gihachi) in the rectangular seal. Carver Yashita Tadashichi. Printer Inomura Shonosuke. Seal on the left margin, "Tatsumi ken-in" (Checked by Tatsumi). Later limited editions have edition numbers and or pencil signatures in the bottom margin. Open editions have neither thin red seals nor pencil editon/signature. Format Dai-Oban Width Item 11.4 inches = 29.0 cm Height Item 17.9 inches = 45.5 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: 1952 1952 1960s/70s 1960s/70s 1960s/70s/80s 1990s/2000s 1990s/2000s
Notes (this edition)
These notes were written by the original owner/seller/auctioner of the item and may be inaccurate.:
Maihi Hajime (starting to dance) from the series Gendai Bijin Fuzoku Gotai (Five Figures of Modern Beauties) by Shimura Tatsumi. Original woodblock print 1953 (but a later edition). Pencil numbered 63/300 and signed by artist in bottom margin. This print has never been framed or in sunlight. Fine condition, color and impression. Large oban size measures 18.3 x 11.3 inches. Strong texture and ink bleed through on fine washi. Red Tatsumi seal and characters in lower right of image. Nakagawa carver's seal and Onodera printer's seal in right margin. Title embossed in bottom margin. Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho seal also in bottom margin. Very nice wood grain on kimono. Compare with same print on page 181 of the book "The Female Image, 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties". Maihime (Dancing Girl) from the series Gendai Bijin Fuzoku Gotai (Five Figures of Modern Beauties) by Shimura Tatsumi. Original woodblock print. Prestine condition, color and impression. Large oban size measures 18.3 x 11.5 inches. 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". Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Tatsumi Shimura 1953 Original Woodblock Print

Five Figures of Modern Beauties

Maihime, Dancing Girl (Start of the Dance) (1953, oban, bijin-ga)

Excellent - near mint condition. Limited Original Edition: 28 / 300 (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.
Maihime (Dancing Girl) from the series Gendai Bijin Fuzoku Gotai (Five Figures of Modern Beauties) by Shimura Tatsumi. Original woodblock print. Pristine condition, color and impression. Large oban size measures 18.3 x 11.5 inches. Red Tatsumi seal and characters in lower right of image. Nakagawa carver's seal and Onodera 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". Maihime (Dancing Girl) 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 18.3 x 11.5 inches. Red Tatsumi seal and characters in lower right of image. Nakagawa carver's seal and Onodera printer's seal in right margin. Title embossed in bottom margin. Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho seal also in bottom margin.

Title Start of Dance
Early printing
Artist Tatsumi Shimura 1907-1980
Signature "Tatsumi".
Seal Artist's seal.
Dated 1953.
Publisher Nihon Hanga Kenkyu-jo (Tokyo).
Medium/Technique Woodblock print.
Impression Excellent … Early printing. Title embossed on the bottom margin.
Colors Excellent - very good.
Condition Very good … Slightly uneven light toning. Margins slightly creased. Foxing and discolorations on the bottom left area. Two drying holes on the left margin.
Description "Gendai Bijin Fuzoku Gotai" (Five Figures of Modern Beauties). "Mai Hajime" . A beautiful dancer at the start of her performance.
Note "Gihachi Shirabezumi" (Checked by Gihachi) in the rectangular seal. Carver Yashita Tadashichi. Printer Inomura Shonosuke. Seal on the left margin, "Tatsumi ken-in" (Checked by Tatsumi).
Format Dai-Oban
Width Item 11.4 inches = 29.0 cm
Height Item 17.9 inches = 45.5 cm
Thanks to Umberto for this entry.

Publisher - Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho

Artist - Tatsumi Shimura (1907 - 1980)

Image Size - 14 5/8" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Paper remnants on reverse from previous mounting. Small C-shaped tear, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few c4eases and small spots. Please see photos for details.
Saturday, 12 May 2007

Ross,

I checked your website out this evening and see that you're working on the seals, looks interesting so far.
In case you're interested I found a print from the 150 edition (unsigned). I have a database of print images that I borrow from the internet. This print probably was sold through Hanga.com many years ago. I also have an addition print with two red seals on it in case you want to take a look. Good luck.

Elmer
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From the rarely seen edition of 150.
Monday, 21 May 2007

You are bidding on a very rare, beautiful LIMITED_NUMBER original Japanese woodblock print “Bijin” from the Series “Modern Beauties Bijin Ga, Gendai Bijin Fuzoku Gotai” signed by the famous Shin-Hanga artist Shimura Tatsumi (1907-1980) IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. The size of this woodblock print is 17 3/4 x 11 inches. The colors, which are vivid and vibrant, are in layers. This woodblock print is not attached any backing paper or cardboard. Ink bleeding can be seen through the back of the original Japanese mulberry Washi paper. All four borders are intact. The artist’s signature and his chop mark are at the lower right corner of this print. Four borders are intact. In the lower right corner of the bottom border of this woodblock print, there is the publisher’s chop mark. At the left of the bottom border, it is PENCIL WRITING LIMIT_NUMBER 28/300, means this is the number 28th print out of 300 total prints. On top of this LIMITED NUMBER, there is another artist’s chop mark. In the lower right border, there are carver and printer’s chop marks. As far as I can tell there are no defects, foxing, or stains, and this woodblock print is IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.
Wednesday, 1 August 2007

This Rare Series; The series was published by the Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho publisher of Tokyo in 1953. There has been conjecture as to the actual number of prints released. While the brochure that accompanied the complete set noted a limited edition release of 300 prints, some accounts have the number actually printed as low as 100 prints of each design. This was a fairly common practice among 20th century publishers and prints were produced in groups as they sold. We have never sold prints from this series and don't anticipate having them again. The set that we are selling from this evening was the property of an elderly Japanese collector/dealer who lived in the USA and is being sold from his estate.

Comments- A stunning, exceptional shin-hanga beauty print by Tatsumi. The young woman with a scarf over her head, and a few strands of hair falling loose, is the epitome of a Japanese beauty. An elegant and sophisticated young woman, she looks demurely down. A wonderful image with beautiful wood grain detail in the kimono, lovely, subtle embossing on the headscarf.

The print title "Dancing Girl (Maihime)" 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- 9 7/8" x 14 5/8"
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.
Maihime (Dancing Girl) from the series Gendai Bijin Fuzoku Gotai (Five Figures of Modern Beauties) by Shimura Tatsumi. Original woodblock print. Prestine condition, color and impression. Large oban size measures 18.3 x 11.5 inches. 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".
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