Comparison of New Ukiyo-e Beauties: April, Cherry Blossoms
(Shin Ukiyo-e Bijin Awase: Shigatsu, Sakura)
the bamboo pattern on the robe draped over her shoulders printed with silver pigment, and a dusting of bronze metallic on her folded fan in the lower right corner; the series title in the first cartouche on the upper right margin, Shin ukiyo-e bijin awase, and print title in the next cartouche, Shigatsu, Sakura, signed at left Eiho hitsu with artist's seal Eiho, ca. 1918
dai oban tate-e 16 3/4 by 10 7/8 in., 42.7 by 27.5 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.
Matsumoto Shinako, Bewitching Beauty- the World of Hirezaki Eiho, the Resurrected Artist of Genius, 2009, p. 103 (painting dated ca. 1916)
Andreas Marks, Seven Masters: 20th-century Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2015, p. 208 (regarding series dating)
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