Paul Binnie, conte drawing

Paul Binnie, Scottish, b. 1967

Cho Musubi (Butterfly Bow)

conté on paper, signed and titled at lower left, Binnie, CHO MUSUBI, with artist's red kanji seal, Bin-ni, ca. 2005

20 1/8 by 16 1/2 in., 51 by 42 cm

This is a prepatory drawing related to the composition for the woodblock print, Cho musubi, which was the first design for an ongoing series depicting bijin-ga (beautiful women). The series, Azuma nishiki bijin awase (A Collection of Eastern Brocade Beauties), developed in response to the success of the Shiki (Four Seasons) bijin-ga prints which he had produced on commission; and the limited edition red-ground prints he had created from the Edo zumi hyaku shoku (A Hundred Shades of Ink of Edo) nudes. The defined border on this drawing reflects the actual dimensions of the final print. It is likely the hanshita (black outline drawing used to create the keyblock) was based on this drawing.

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