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Hatsu haru (New Year)

Shinmei Kato


Amazing woodblock print "Hatsu haru" (New Year) is by Shinmei Kato (1910-1998). This is a lovely Bijin-ga woodblock print.  Adorable Maiko (geisha) against bright colors. Very cheerful and colorful. Beautiful gold and silver-colored metallic pigments on her hair-ornaments, Kimono, and Obi sash. 

Published by Takamizawa. The title "Hatsu haru" on the upper left margin. Carver name "Shigeo Kijima" and Printer name "Hiroshi Orihara" on the lower left margin. "Hanken Shoyu - Kondo Koshiro" (Copyright -Koshiro Kondo) on the lower right margin.

Artist hand-signed "Shinmei" and edition number "5/350" in Japanese old Kanji on the label on verso. A red "Takamizawa" publisher seal and publisher's owner "Kondo" seal on verso as well.  Watermarked "Shinmei" on the upper left margin (corner).   

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 14 and 1/8 inches x 17 and 7/8 inches (36 x 45.5 cm)
Image size: 12 and 5/8 inches x 16 and 1/8 inches (32 x 41 cm)
Sheet number: 5 /350
Date: 1979 (Showa 54)
Signed: Artist red seal in the lower left of the image. Artist hand-signed "Shinmei" on verso.
Condition: Very good condition. A tiny spot on the bottom margin which is hardly noticeable and will be easily matted out. Once tipped on top corners of verso. Please see the pictures.


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