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Harunobu-s Bathtub
Harunobu-s Bathtub

Paul Binnie, Scottish, b. 1967

A Hundred Shades of Ink of Edo: Harunobu's Bathtub
(Edo zumi hyaku shoku: Harunobu no Furo)

a nude holds a sponge to her chest as water highlighted with mica streams down her body, the background with overlaping bands of grey to dark grey baren sujizuri steam; the series title cartouche in gold pigment on the upper right margin, the print title to the left with the first portion, Harunobu no, in the style of Harunobu's signature, and a picture of a tub of water for Furo, signed in gold kanji, Bin-ni, with artist's seal in the shape of a towel on a stand that forms the letters Binnie, numbered and signed in pencil on the bottom margin, 36/100 Paul Binnie, September 2007

oban tate-e 16 5/8 by 11 3/4 in., 42.3 by 29.7 cm

The figure tattooed on the model's right upper arm is derived from Suzuki Harunobu's (1725-1770) circa 1767-68 print, Two Women Washing Their Hair. Binnie isolates the right-hand figure and her washbasin from the original composition, placing her in tattoo-form on the shoulder of a seated beauty who squeezes water out of a sponge held to her chest while surrounded by clouds of steam.

$700

Paul Binnie, Scottish, b. 1967

Steam
(Yuge)

with pink mica on the water, signed in gold kanji at left, Bin-ni with artist's circular seal Binnie in silver, marked in sumi ink on the bottom margin, A/P, titled in kanji, Yuge, and signed Paul Binnie, 2007

dai oban tate-e 16 5/8 by 11 1/2 in., 42.1 by 29.2 cm

For each design in the Edo Ink (Edo zumi) series Binnie produced non-tattoo versions in smaller editions of only thirty impressions. The alternate palettes emphasize the nudes themselves, juxtaposing the exposed skin against rich red or pink grounds, and eliminating the ukiyo-e references found in the cartouches, signatures and pictogram seals. The female nudes sold out very quickly and are already scarce.

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