||SHIMA, Seien (1892-1970)
||"The Heroine Yugiri"
(aka, "The Departed Spirit of a Courtesan")
||Dealer contact--from an exceptional private collection.
||A Supplement of "The Complete Works of Chikamatsu" (12-print series)
("Dai Chikamatsu Zenshu")
||Yamagishi Kazue/Nishimura Kumakichi (both artisans produced the entire 12-print series)
||9 1/4 x 10 1/2 image
(11 1/2 x 17 3/4 background)
(plus wide margins)
||Very Fine. Superbly executed "bokashi" (gradation of colors) shading to face, hair, and background; light "gauffrage"
to hair-pins and cartouche; nicely visible woodgrain to grey "framing"; detailed carving.
||Excellent. Excellent colors. Very clean front and verso. (No flaws noted--finest copy we've encountered.)
||"The Female Image," p.97, pl.124.
||From a 12-print series of prints (each done by a different artist) published c1922/23; all were carved by
Yamagishi Kazue and printed by Nishimura Kumakichi. For a further discussion of this series, see
"The New Wave - Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection" (page 168).
(Most "Chikamatsu" prints are found badly spotted or toned--these are in very fine condition.)