Friedrich Capelari, Woman Holding a Black Cat

Friedrich Capelari, 1884-1950

Woman Holding a Black Cat

with artist's monogram FC followed by Tokyo 1915, round Watanabe seal below, and small red Watanabe seal on lower left margin, and with diamond-shaped paper S. Watanabe seal (in Japanese and English) on verso, ca.1915

9 1/4 by 13 in., 23.5 by 33 cm

Stylistically this composition is closely connected with an early work by Ito Shinsui (1898-1972), After the Bath, published by Watanabe Shozaburo in 1917. The Shinsui print illustrates a woman in profile with her head turned away from our view as she crouches before a small bucket and wrings out a towel. Her red undergarment covers only her lower half in the same manner as this Capelari print. Shinsui seems to have been inspired by this composition, cropping in closer to the figure, and turning her gaze away from our view while she attends to her bathing.

Andreas Marks, Seven Masters: 20th Century Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2015, p. 15 fig. 3

Tadasu Watanabe, Ito Shinsui: All the Woodblock Prints, 1992, no. 4
Helen Merritt, Point of Contact, 1993, pp. 32-35
Reigle Stephens, Amy, gen. ed., The New Wave: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, 1993, p. 45, figs 29-30
Yokohama Museum of Art, Eyes Towards Asia: Ukiyo-e Artists from Abroad, 1996, p. 71, no. 76


verso seal

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