Natori, Shunsen (1886 - 1960)

After a Bath

Series: Three Beautiful Women by Shunsen
Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: 1928
Size (H x W): 16 x 10.75 (inches)
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo
Seals: Watanabe 6mm circular seal, edition seal on reverse.
Edition: 13/200
Signature: Shunsen ga with rectangular seal Shunsen
Condition: Very good color and impression, very good state, light crease and tear bottom edge, small tape on reverse bottom edge.

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Illustrated in The Female Image plate 159. This After a Bath print by Shunsen Natori may be an export edition with the Watanabe seal and the edition number.

About the artist

Shunsen Natori (né Yoshinosuke Natori) was the son of a Tokyo silk merchant. Shunsen took an early interest in art. He studied nihonga (Japanese-style painting) under Beisen Kubota and participated in his first exhibition in 1906. Shunsen then entered Tokyo School of Fine Arts and began working as an illustrator for the newspaper Asahi Shimbun, where he became interested in kabuki portraiture. In 1916, Shunsen collaborated with Shozaburo Watanabe on two kabuki prints. By 1919, Shunsen Natori retired from nihonga and became a prominent woodblock print artist in the actor print genre. His work is known for its vibrant emotion, most readily apparent in his portraits. Following the tragic passing of his daughter Yoshiko in 1958, Shunsen and his wife, unable to get over her death, committed suicide in 1960.