絵師: Tatsumi Shimura
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Monday, 2 January 2006 You are bidding on a very rare original Japanese woodblock print "Silent Lion" signed by the famous Showa Shin-Hanga artist Shimura Tatsumi (1907-1980) with PENCIL SIGNED NUMBER 163/400. Shimura Tatsumi was mainly a traditional Japanese painter so he did not create a lot of bijin ga prints before he died in 1980. The designs of his woodblock prints have an individual style and are something special - and beautiful. Because of these reasons, his Bijin ga woodblock prints are hard to find and are highly priced in Japan and Europe. Information on Shimura Tatsumi and his woodblock print can be easily found on any search engine. His woodblock prints are hard to find and sell for thousands dollars in the galleries. The size of this woodblock print is 20 x 17 1/4 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 in the upper right corner of this print. In the lower left part of the bottom border of this woodblock print, there is number 163/400 written in PENCIL, which means this print is the 163th out of 400 prints. The inspector, carver and printer’s seals and publisher’s seal are in the lower left border. In the lower right border, is a watermarks saying "Tatsumi’s Mokuhanga" which roughly translates to "Tatsumi’s woodblock print". Usually, publishers only put watermarks on very expensive and special Japanese woodblock prints. This print was backed at the very outer edges and was in a picture frame for decades. Except for some very minor paper fringes along the very outer edges due to tape peeling, which does not affect the images at all, this woodblock print is in excellent condition.