Ito Shinsui - Born in Tokyo, Ito Shinsui studied Japanese painting and began designing woodblock prints for the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo in 1916, with whom he collaborated until 1960. He is best known for his lovely shin-hanga images of beautiful women. These elegant and refined beauties are drawn with graceful line work and softly colored backgrounds. Recognized for his artistic achievements, the Japanese government declared Shinsui an "Intangible Cultural Property" in 1952, and he received the "Order of the Rising Sun" in 1970. His works are a wonderful choice to collect or display.
Comments - Attractive shin hanga design of a beauty carrying a round fan. She wears an informal blue and white summer kimono patterned with morning glories, tied with a softly shaded obi featuring a thistle design. The delicate shading in the hair gives it a soft, three-dimensional appearance. A charming summer subject.
Publisher - Isetatsu, later edition from the original blocks
Artist - Ito Shinsui (1898 - 1972)
Image Size - 13" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent color and detail. No issues to report.
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