#JP-111580
Shinsui (1898-1972)

A Woman at Her Makeup

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#JP-111580
Shinsui (1898-1972)
A Woman at Her Makeup
Series:
Twelve Figures of Modern Beauties
Medium:
Woodblock Print
Date:
Spring, 1922
Edition:
187/200
Size:
17" x 10.5"
Signature:
Shinsui saku with rectangular Ito seal
Condition:
Good color, very good impression, good state

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Details

Publisher:
Watanabe Shozaburo
Seals:
Watanabe 6mm circular seal

About the art

Rare pre earthquake design. Watanabe distributed prints from this series to the 200 limited members of Ukiyo-e Study Group Another impression of this print is in the Toledo Museum of Art

About the artist

Truly elegant in appearance and graceful in pose, Shinsui Ito’s bijin-ga have earned him a reputation as an unrivaled painter of women and a master of design. Shinsui was born in Tokyo as Hajime Ito. He began his artistic training at age 12 in the drawing department of the Tokyo Printing Company before joining the workshop of the painter Kiyokata Kaburaki. By 1916, Shinsui completed his first woodblock print, followed a year later by the series Eight Views of Lake Biwa. Between 1922 and 1923, Shinsui designed his first set of the beauties (Twelve Figures of New Beauties), followed by two installments of Series of Modern Beauties (1929-1931 and 1931-1936). While most recognized for his bijin-ga, Shinsui continued to work as a painter landscape prints. In 1952, his mastery of woodblock design was designated as Intangible Cultural Property, an event commemorated with the print Tresses (1952). Appointed to the Japan Art Academy in 1958, Shinsui received the Order of the Rising Sun in 1970 before his death in 1972.

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