Comparison of New Ukiyo-e Beauties: December, Clear Sky After Snow
(Shin ukiyo-e bijin awase: Juni-Gatsu, Yukibare)
signed Josen, with artist's red square seal unread, the series and print titles in the cartouches on the upper right margin, Shin ukiyo-e bijin awase, Junigatsu, Yukibare, followed by the artist's name, Hamada Josen gahaku hitsu, published by the Publication Society of Shin Ukiyo-e Bijin Awase, ca. 1918
dai oban tate-e 44.1 by 28.3 cm
This series is usually identified as published by Murakami, an otherwise unknown publisher, and dated to 1924. Recent scholarship has adjusts the dating of at least a portion of the series, including this design, to 1918. A slip of paper attached to an impression of another print from the series, May, Early Summer Rain, by Nakayama Shuko (b. 1876), credits the Publication Society of Shin Ukiyo-e Bijin Awase, which may have been run by a Mr. Murakami.
Amy Reigle Newland, and Hamanaka Shinji, The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties, 2000, pl. 134
Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada, Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, 1992, p. 26
Brown, Kendall H., Light in Darkness: Women in Japanese Prints of Early Showa (1926-1945), 1996, p. 53, cat. 51
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