Artist: Shima Seien (島成園)

Print: After the bath (湯あがり) from the series Collection of new ukiyo-e style beauties (Shin ukiyo-e bijin awase shichi-gatsu - Yuagari)

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Dates: 1924,created
Dimensions: 11.25 in,17.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Seien (成園)

Related links: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria;

Physical description:

Shima Seien (島成園: 1892-1970) was one of those rare Japanese print artists, a woman.

The first edition was published in 1924. There was another edition in 1932.

A bust portrait of a semi-naked young woman of the Showa era gazing mistily to the right as she adjusts her coiffure.


The example in the Lyon Collection is said to be from the 1924 edition. There is one in the Greater Art Gallery of Victoria which is said to be from the 1932 edition. It is not illustrated online.



1) in 近代日本美人画展 : 伝統木版画を支えた作家たち Exhibition of Modern Japanese Beauties: Meiji, Taishō, Shōwa, Riccar Art Museum, 1982, n.p., no. 77.

2) in color in The Female Image: 20th century prints of Japanese beauties, Abe Publisher, 2000, #125, p. 97.