Akashicho (Garden corner)

Tatsumi Shimura


This is an amazingwoodblock print "Akashicho" (Garden corner) by Tatsumi Shimura (1907-1980).
Tatsumi said about this print, "I feel Akashicho (a very old section of Tokyo) of an admiration and admired depth of the image taste since founder of a religious sect Kiyokata* died.
T were many kept girls by man in Tsukiji of the Meiji era. The woman who appeared to see off man who returned early in the morning of early fall.
The empty sadness that does not know when he next comes. She put a kimono ( called Awase) on chest (heart) on the bare skin unintentionally in unlined clothes, the morning when it is cold. Few flowers of reluctance of leaving look like just a woman standing still."Carver; Kentaro Maeda, Printer; Ritsuzo Sato, and Publisher; Yuyudo. Carver name and printer name on the lower right margin and publisher seal on the lower left margin.
Large red "Tatsumi Kenin" seal in lower margin reads, "Tatsumi seal of approval". Colors are vivid and vibrant and in layers. Lightly embossed. Absolutely beautiful original Japanese handmade woodblock print.

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 19 and 1/4 inches by 16 and 1/4 inches (49 x 41 cm)
Image size: 17 and 1/2 by 15 inches (44.5 x 38 cm)
Sheet number: 292/450
Date: Printed 1980
Signed: Artist signature “Tatsumi” and red seal located in upper right of image
Condition: Excellent condition. Few very minor spots on the image, please see the last picture. Hardly noticeable.If you frame and hang on the wall, it is impossible to see them from a distance. I did not notice until I took a close up picture.