SHIMURA -- "Top Hat (Hibari Misora)" (#130/800)

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Artist SHIMURA Tatsumi (1907-80)
Title "Top Hat (Hibari Misora)"
(given name)
Date Undated--ca1950/70's
Limited Edition #130/800.
Provenance Obtained via a knowledgable Japanese print dealer.
Series na
Publisher na
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 13 3/4 x 13 3/4
(plus WIDE margins--17 1/4 x 17 1/2 overall)
Impression Very Fine. Lithographically printed onto medium-weight paper. Highly detailed, wonderfully shaded.
Condition Excellent. (No flaws noted.)
Reference/Illus na
Comments A strikingly beautiful portrait of Japan's widely popular singer and actress Hibari Misora (1937-89). Declared a "Living National Treasure," Misora recorded over 1,200 songs (68 million records sold) and appeared in 160 movies during her artistic career. This limited-edition lithographic print was designed by noted "bijin-ga" printmaker Tatsumi Shimura during the 1950's as an LP album cover design.
Rarely seen.
Item # EG-576
Price $375 (Sold/HF)