Shinsui

Ito Shinsui

1898-1972

Eight Views of Omi: Pines at Karasaki
(Omi hakkei no uchi: Omi hakkei no uchi: Karasaki no matsu)

dated and titled at lower left corner, Omi hakkei no uchi Karasaki Taisho nananen gogatsu Shinsui (Eight Views of Omi, Karasaki, Taisho 7 [1918], May, Shinsui), with limited edition publisher's seal on verso, Ito Shinsui ga, Omi hakkei, 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, 1918

aiban tate-e 12 5/8 by 8 3/4 in., 32.2 by 22.2 cm

Although the theme of the landscape series, Eight Views of Omi, is traditional, some of the compositions, such as this one, are abstract. The rich textures and unusual coloration suggest a creative and close collaboration of artist, publisher, carvers, and printers. In fact, Shinsui's prints from 1917-1921 were exhibited by Watanabe accompanied by a pamphlet titled 'Ito Shinsui sosaku-hanga' (Ito Shinsui's Creative Prints), demonstrating that the term sosaku-hanga was not necessarily defined in contrast to shin-hanga as we have come to use it today.

References:
Kato, Junzo, comp., Kindai Nihon hanga taikei, 1975-76, 1975-76, Vol. 1, pl. 176
Tadasu Watanabe, Ito Shinsui: All the Woodblock Prints, 1992, p. 38 pl. 17
Amy Reigle Newland, ed., Printed to Perfection: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, 2004, p. 111 pl. 100
Andreas Marks, Seven Masters: 20th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection, 2015, p. 109 cat. no. 54

(inv. no. 10-5031)

price: $6,000


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