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Shunsen Natori - SOLD

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Artist: Natori Shunsen
Woman Combing Hair
1928, published by Watanabe, first edition with Watanabe "A" seal (1924-1930); edition seal on verso
Size: full oban, approx. 10.3" x 15.375"
Condition: VG, three minute paper flaws visible when held up to light (otherwise not visible)
Impression: Fine, solid key lines, nice surface texture, tight registration
Color: Fine, deep saturated color and bleed through to verso
Provenance: from the Robert O. Muller estate
Notes: Shunsen designed only three prints of bijin-ga ("beautiful women"); the remainder of his woodblock print catalog is exclusively of kabuki stars

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 players of the day. This series contained some of Shunsen's finest work, which Watanabe lavishly produced in limited editions and sold by subscription only. 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 kabuki prints of until 1951 when he and Watanabe collaborated again on a series of 30 more prints through 1954. Shunsen is considered to be the last master of the art of kabuki yakusha-e.