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Shinsui
Ito Shinsui, 1898-1972
The First Collection of Modern Beauties: Rouge
(Gendai bijin shu dai isshu: Kuchibeni)

with mica highlights on her obi and the mirror; signed and dated at upper right corner, Showa yonnen gogatsu Shinsui ga (Showa 4 [1929], 5th month, by Shinsui), with artist's seal Shinsui, with limited edition seal on verso, Nihyakugoju mai zeppan, dai shichijuyon ban (250 limited edition, number 74), and publisher's rectangular seal Watanabe, 1929
dai oban tate-e 42.7 by 28 cm
A beauty seated before her kyodai daubs a bit of beni (red safflower used to stain the lips which is also used as a pigment for prints and paintings) on her finger from a small porcelain dish. She wears a kimono decorated with bands of stylized fringed carnations (nadeshiko) floating on a pale grey ground and bands of blue stylized waves, with a contrasting soft green creped collar and dramatically offset by a deep red and white checked obi. The reflective surface of her mirror and the white squares of her obi highlighted with white mica.
References:
Tadasu Watanabe, Ito Shinsui: All the Woodblock Prints, 1992, p. 80, no. 52
Reigle Newland, Amy, and Hamanaka Shinji, The Female Image, 2000, p. 63, no. 56
Mueller, Laura J., Strong Women, Beautiful Men: Japanese Portrait Prints from the Toledo Museum of Art, 2005, p. 89
Carolyn M. Putney, Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, 2013, p. 97, cat. no. 26
price: $ 5,200