Ito Shinsui


Eight Views of Omi: Ishiyamadera Temple
(Omi hakkei no uchi: Omi Hakkei no uchi Ishiyamadera)

signed, dated and titled at lower left corner, Omi hakkei no uchi Ishiyamadera Taisho rokunen junigatsu Shinsui (Eight views of Omi, Ishiyamadera, Taisho 6 [1917], December, Shinsui), with limited edition publisher's seal on verso, Ito Shinsui ga, Omi hakkei Ishiyama, 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

aiban tate-e 12 5/8 by 8 5/8 in., 32.2 by 21.8

With the exception of the first print he published with Watanabe in 1916, Before the Mirror (Taikyo), which was based on a painting, in the early years of their collaboration, Shinsui worked in the old style of print production, submitting a hanashita (preparatory drawing) or sketch which was used to make a keyblock. In the introduction to the catalogue raisonné, Ito Shinsui: All the Woodblock Prints, Watanabe Shozaburo's son Tadasu describes the cooperation between artist and publisher, recounting how Shinsui was eager to utilize printing techniques to bring out his design, and Watanabe's role of pushing the printers to improve the prints with their own skills (pp. 6-11).

Kato Junzo, comp., Kindai Nihon hanga taikei, 1975-76, 1975-76, Vol. 1, pl. 173
Tadasu Watanabe, Ito Shinsui: All the Woodblock Prints, 1992, pp. 6-11; and p. 35 pl. 15
Amy Reigle Stephens, gen. ed., The New Wave: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, 1993, p. 185, pl. 238
Amy Reigle Newland, ed., Printed to Perfection: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, 2004, p. 108 pl. 97
Andreas Marks, Seven Masters: 20th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection, 2015, p. 108 cat. no. 53

(inv. no. 10-5029)

price: $7,500

Ito Shinsui


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