Katsuhara: Lady with mirror
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Tachihara Inuki (1951-2015, until 1995 Katsuhara Shinya)
A standing woman, naked except for a cloth loosely slung around her hips, looking at herself in a hand mirror. An tribute to Art Déco style, with a deep black background.
Untitled (occasionally also named "Flapper", "Art Déco" or "Erotic nude")
Signature: Shinya (hand-signed in pencil bottom left)
Seal: arrow seal, in block
Carved and printed by the artist
Edition: 45/200 (handwritten on verso in pencil)
Undated, ca. 1980s-1995
Size: Vertical Ôtanzaku, 41,5 x 18,5 cm (overall)
Fine impression and colours, with embossing, additional lustre printing on the black background and shimmering mica in the woman's cap. A faint crease in top right corner, a small paper strip attached from verso. Excellent condition. Verso in bottom corner a small red seal, likely by the artist.
Tachihara Inuki, (occasionally also found as Tatsuhara), as a self-taught woodblock print artist developed a very distinctive, often slightly surrealistic or fantastic style, fusing formal and thematic features of traditional ukiyo-e with contemporary graphic art. He achieved great mastership in carving and printing. His excellent high-quality woodblock reproductions of Edo period masters, especially Kuniyoshi, are highly esteemed by connoisseurs. For the artist cf. the website inuki-art.com, and as Arnaud Vaulerin "Inuki Tachihara, le maître du monde flottant", in Liberation; 1.12.2014