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 beauty in a new cotton kimono, looking down pensively as she wraps the robe about her. The dark blue kimono features lighter blue flowers and leaves, including chrysanthemums and bush clover. Her hair is pulled softly back into a large knot, adorned with a blue tie-dyed ribbon and a comb. A classic shin-hanga beauty design by Shinsui from a limited edition of 250 with numbered seal on reverse (see below). A rare first edition design.
Signed - Shinsui ga, dated Showa 4 (1929) early summer
Publisher - Watanabe, with seal on reverse
Numbered - 7 in red ink on reverse in limited edition seal
Artist - Ito Shinsui (1898 - 1972)
Image Size - 16 1/4" x 10 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Paper remnants on reverse at corners from previous mounting. Small tear and small loss at edge, repaired. Creasing and spotting at edges, a few creases on figure, slight rubbing at corners. Drying holes in left corners. Please see photos for details.
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