Comparison of New Ukiyo-e Beauties: August, Moon
(Shin ukiyo-e bijin awase: Hachigatsu, Tsuki)
embellished with silver mica on the moon, signed at lower right, Sengai, with two artist's seals, Sengai and Tsune, the series title cartouche at upper right, Shin ukiyo-e bijin awase, followed by the print title, Hachigatsu, Tsuki, and the artist's name, Igawa Sengai Gahaku hitsu, published by the Publication Society of Shin Ukiyo-e Bijin Awase, ca. 1918
dai oban tate-e 16 1/8 by 10 3/8 in., 41.1 by 26.2 cm
This series is usually identified as published by Murakami, an otherwise unknown publisher, and dated to 1924. Recent scholarship has adjusts the dating of at least a portion of the series, including this design, to 1918. A slip of paper attached to an impression of another print from the series, May, Early Summer Rain, by Nakayama Shuko (b. 1876), credits the Publication Society of Shin Ukiyo-e Bijin Awase, which may have been run by a Mr. Murakami.
Amy Reigle Newland and Hamanaka Shinji, The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties, 2000, p. 101, no. 131
Andreas Marks, Seven Masters: 20th-century Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2015, p. 208 (regarding series dating) Minneapolis Institute of Arts,accession no. 2002.161.149.1
(inv. no. 10-5322)
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