Artist: Natori SHUNSEN (1886-1960)Title: "Three Little Kittens"Date: ca 1950Limited Edition, #38/250.Provenance: A recent Tokyo find.Publisher: Watanabe ShozaburoSeal, Carver/Printer: Black "7mm-seal," unususal red "Shunsen" seal.Medium: Japanese Woodblock PrintImage Size: 9 7/8 x 14 5/8Impression: Very Fine. Bold "sosaku hanga" style carving; soft "bokashi" shading to kitten's bodies; clearly visible "woodgrain" to background.Condition: Excellent. Excellent colors. Clean front and verso. (No flaws--no prior mounts.)
Natori Shunsen is often regarded as the last master in the art of kabuki yakusha-e actor prints. He first gained interest in kabuki actor prints while working as an illustrator for a newspaper. He worked often with publisher Watanabe during his career.
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