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Akashicho (Garden corner)

Tatsumi Shimura


This is an amazing woodblock print "Akashicho" (Garden corner) is by Tatsumi Shimura (1907-1980).  Tatsumi said about this print, "I feel Akashicho (a very old section of Tokyo) of admiration and admired the depth of the image taste since the founder of a religious sect Kiyokata* died. They were many kept girls by a man in Tsukiji of the Meiji era. The woman who appeared to see off the 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 the 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.  Red "Tatsumi Kenin" seal in the lower right 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 1/2 inches by 16 and 1/2 inches (49.5 x 42 cm)
Image size: 17 and 1/2 by 15 inches (44.5 x 38 cm)
Sheet number: 197/450
Date: Printed in 1980
Signed: Artist signature “Tatsumi” and red seal located in the upper right of the image
Condition: Excellent condition. 


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