Shimura Tatsumi: Romance novel magazine cover painting

Shimura Tatsumi

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Artist: Shimura Tatsumi
Title: Romance novel magazine cover painting
Date: ca. 1960s

Painting for a Japanese magazine cover. One can infer from the dramatic juxtaposition that it was for a serialized novel set in Taisho period Japan. The woman’s kimono bears a pattern consistent with the Taisho era. Shimura did a number of well-received prints in the mid 20th century. As a young man, Shimura worked as an illustrator for newspapers, serialized novels, and magazines, notably for the Japanese magazine "Woman's world" (Fujokai). His most famous illustrations were for the novel Tange Sazen by Hayashi Fubo. Framed.

Literature: Tatsumi Shimura is known for designing several striking bijin-ga prints towards the end of the shin hanga movement. In 1921, he began studying art with Yamakawa Saiho, a well-known llustrator. Three years later, he became an apprentice of Saiho's son, Yamakawa Shuho, who was also a bijin-ga artist and print designer. Shimura exhibited paintings with Kyodotai in 1927 and with Seikinkai in 1938. He became known for his paintings of beautiful women with long eyelashes and blurred pupils. As a young man, Shimura also worked as an illustrator for newspapers, serialized novels, and magazines, notably for the Japanese magazine "Woman's world" (Fujokai). His most famous illustrations were for the novel Tange Sazen by Hayashi Fubo.
Seal: Artist’s seal

SKU: SHM001


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