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 - Lovely portrait of a geisha looking into the mirror of a makeup compact as she delicately adjusts a floral hairpin, the figure set against a shimmering mica background. She wears a pale pink kimono patterned with blossoms and maple over an under robe with an intricate geometric design on the collar. Only the second time we've seen this beautiful and rare Shinsui design.
Artist - Ito Shinsui (1898 - 1972)
Image Size - 14 3/4" x 18 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent color and detail. Faint stain in margin, a couple minor rubbed spots on mica.
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