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Shimura Tatsumi, 1907-1980
Five Figures of Modern Beauties: Hair Of A Married Woman
(Gendai Bijin Fuzoku Gotai: Marumage)
woman looking at herself in a hand mirror sitting on purple cushion; signed Tatsumi, with artist's seal Tatsumi, with publisher's mark and seal on bottom margin, Nihon hanga kenkusho (Japanese Institute for Woodblock Prints); the block carver on the right-hand margin, horishi (carver) Nakagawa Chushichi, and surishi (printer) Onodera Ryuji, the title, Marumage, embossed at the center of the bottom margin, 1953
dai oban tate-e 18 1/4 by 11 1/8 in., 46.5 by 28.4 cm
Shimura Tatsumi became an apprentice to the shin hanga artist Yamakawa Shuho (1898-1944) in 1924, and the following year began to work as an illustrator for magazines, newspapers, and novels. The distinctive long eyelashes and large watery eyes of the beauties illustrated here were a hallmark of his depictions of women. From 1948-53 the collector and publisher Kato Junji (Junzo, d. 1976) published Tatsumi's bijinga, including this set in 1953 in limited editions of 200 with the Nihon Hanga Kenkyujo.
Reigle Newland, Amy, and Hamanaka Shinji, The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties, 2000, p. 183, no. 262