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 shin-hanga beauty portrait of beauty in a snowstorm, carrying her umbrella before her as she looks down, lost in thought. She wears a lavender kimono with a design of flowering plums with colored blossoms, tied with an orange obi detailed with gold mica strokes. her hair is pulled back onto a large knot, adorned with several hairpins and a translucent comb, along with a small red bow. Her white collar features a deeply embossed pattern. A beautiful image with delicate spots of white pigment to indicate falling snow. Published by Momose in the 1960s as part of a small group of woodblock designs based on Shinsui's paintings. A wonderful choice for display.
Artist - Ito Shinsui (1898 - 1972)
Image Size - 15" x 17 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Light toning, a few creases, a couple small spots. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.
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