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 - Charming shin-hanga design of a beauty looking out the window on a winter's day. She wears a black kimono over a red under robe, tied with a coral colored obi patterned with pine sprigs. The first time we've seen this attractive design.
Publisher - Watanabe, with seal at lower right within image, later edition from the original blocks
Artist - Ito Shinsui (1898 - 1972)
Image Size - 12" x 9 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Light crease at edge. Please see photos for details.