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Artist: Natori Shunsen
Sitting Black Cat
1950, rare red Shunsen seal, numbered 76/250 on verso in kanji, FIRST EDITION with limited edition seal on the verso (see scan below), Watanabe publisher seal at lower left corner
Size: full oban, approx. 10.5" x 15.5"
Condition: Fine, no flaws, never framed, uncirculated condition
Impression: Fine, crisp contour lines and tight registration, nice texture with beautiful mica background
Color: Fine, silver mica overprinting in the background creating a glow around the cat; deep saturated color and ink bleed through to verso
Notes: To the best of our knowledge Natori Shunsen's sosaku hanga style prints of animals are completely undocumented

About Natori Shunsen (1886-1960)
Shunsen developed an interest in kabuki portraits while working as an illustrator for the newspaper Asahi Shimbun. Around 1925 he met the publisher Shozaburo Watanabe and the two collaborated on a series of 36 portraits of the leading kabuki artists of the day. This series contained some of Shunsen's finest work, which Watanabe lavishly produced in limited editions and sold by subscription. The production of the series lasted through 1929 and was followed by a supplementary series of another 15 prints through 1931. He created no other prints of actors until 1951 when he and Watanabe collaborated again on a series of 30 more kabuki prints through 1954. Shunsen is considered to be the last master of the art of kabuki yakusha-e ("kabuki pictures").