Kuchibeni (Lip Stick)

Tatsumi Shimura


This is an amazing woodblock print "Kuchibeni" (Lip Stick) is by Tatsumi Shimura (1907-1980). Tatsumi said about this print, "A geisha wears lined Kimono (called "Awase") on the bare skin in the bath up. An earnest thing does not have a face of a woman staring at a mirror. This is the scene where she has finished attaching lipstick to. Her hairstyle is called " Tsubushi Shimada". Some middle-aged Geisha do this hairstyle. Tatsumi expressed "stylish Geisha" wonderfully. 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. Small red "Tatsumi Kenin" seal in lower margin reads, "Tatsumi seal of approval". Colors are vivid and vibrant and in layers. Lightly embossed. Absolutely stunning original Japanese handmade woodblock print.

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 19 and 1/2 inches by 16 inches (49.5 x 41 cm)
Image size: 17 and 1/2 by 14 and 1/2 inches (33 x 33 cm)
Sheet number: 62/450
Date: Printed 1980
Signed: Artist signature “Tatsumi” and a red seal located in lower right of the image
Condition: Good condition with a minor toning. A faint mat line into the edge of the image. A few very minor spots on the image, please see the last two pictures.  They are hardly noticeable unless pointed out. Tiny tape residue on the verso.