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

signed and dated at upper left, Showa rokunen haru Shinsui (Showa 6 [1931], Spring, Shinsui) with artist's seal Shinsui, publishers seal Watanabe at lower left corner, and with hand-numbered limited edition seal verso, Nihyakugoju mai zeppan, dai nijuhachi ban (250 limited edition, number 28), followed by rectangular publisher seal, Watanabe, ca. 1931
dai oban tate-e 17 1/8 by 11 1/8 in., 43.5 by 28.1 cm
Kato Junzo, comp., Kindai Nihon hanga taikei, 1975-76, Vol. III, pl. 90
Tadasu Watanabe, Ito Shinsui: All the Woodblock Prints, 1992, p. 91, pl. 60
Amy Reigle Newland and Hamanaka Shinji, The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties, 2000, p. 67, pl. 64
Andreas Marks, Seven Masters: 20th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection, 2015, p. 125, cat. no. 76
price: $ 4,800

limited edition seal (28/250)