Ito Shinsui


Eight Views of Omi: Evening Glow at Yabase
(Omi hakkei no uchi: Omi hakkei no uchi: Yabase)

titled, dated and signed at lower right, Omi hakkei no uchi Yabase Taisho rokunen shichigatsu Shinsui (Eight Views of Omi, Yabase, Taisho 6 [1917], 7th month, Shinsui), with publisher's limited edition seal on verso, Ito Shinsui ga, Omi hakkeiYabase, shusatsu nihyaku mai kagiri no uchi dai - ban (picture by Ito Shinsui, Eight Views of Omi, limited edition of 200, not numbered), and with large oval Kintei (with compliments) seal, ca. July 1917

aiban yoko-e 8 1/2 by 12 1/2 in., 21.6 by 31.9 cm

With this important early landscape series by Shinsui, the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo (1885-1962) felt strongly that the woodblock medium could acheive a new type of fine art and that the artist should work collaboratively with the carvers and printers, that it was not the job of the artisans to replicate the artist's painting, but the "goal is the create works replete with creativity and rich with artistic quality, by avoiding enslavement to the hand-drawn paintng or old models." (Shimizu Hisao, p. 26)

Kato, Junzo, comp., Kindai Nihon hanga taikei, 1975-76, Vol. 1, pl. 172
Tadasu Watanabe, Ito Shinsui: All the Woodblock Prints, 1992, p. 34, pl. 13
Nihon no hanga II (1911-1920), Chiba City Museum of Art, 2000, p. 112, pl. 223-3
Koyama Shuko, Beautiful Shin Hanga- Revitalization of Ukiyo-e, Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum, 2009, p. 67, no. 2-32
Amy Reigle Newland, ed., Printed to Perfection: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, 2004, p. 107, pl. 95
Shimizu Hisao, The Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo and the Birth of Shin-Hanga, in Kendall Brown, ed., Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui and Japanese Landscape Prints, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2014, pp. 23-31
Andreas Marks, Seven Masters: 20th Century Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2015, p. 107, no. 50

(inv. no. 10-5027)

price: $6,800

Ito Shinsui


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