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About Tatsumi Shimura (1907-1980)
Shimura was born in Takasaki-shi, Gunma Prefecture and attended Kanagawa Senior Technical High School. After graduating he began studying bijin-ga (illustration of beautiful women) with Shuhou Yamakawa, the former student of Kiyokata Kaburaki. With Yamakawa’s recommendation, Shimura began his career exhibiting his drawings at a Tokyo social gathering, Kyodo kai, hosted by Kaburaki, and at other events hosted by Shinsui Ito, the leading Japanese bijin-ga woodblock print artist of the 20th century.

From the mid-1920s until the 1960s Shimura was in demand as one of the top illustrators in Japan, known particularly for his contributions to the serial novel Tangesazen which was published in newspapers, and also for his illustrations in magazines and books. From 1948 to 1952, Shimura designed several woodblock prints of beauties that were published by Kato Junji. In 1953 he collaborated with the Japanese Institute of Prints to create a series called "Five Figures of Modern Beauties" (Gendai bijin fuzoku gotai), depicting Japanese women in traditionally feminine poses and attire. After a solo exhibition on his sixtieth birthday in 1967, Shimura devoted his career entirely to Nihonga, or Japanese style painting.

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