It Looks Like Snow
the ermine fur collar embossed in a swirling pattern; signed Shinsui ga with artist's seal Shinsui, and publisher's mark on the bottom margin, Sosaku hangakai Isetatsu (Iseya Tatsugoro), dated at lower left margin, Taisho jugonen haru saku (made in Taisho 15 , spring)
oban tate-e 14 5/8 by 10 in., 37 by 25.4 cm
This print was part of a collaborative series of woodblock prints issued by the publisher Isetatsu (Hirose Tasugoro) comprised of five sets of two prints, each set pairing an image of a beauty designed by Shinsui with a landscape by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), for a total of ten works. This design was paired with Hasui's Lingering Snow at Sanno (Sanno no zansetsu).
This print is one of the very few occaisons that Shinsui depicted a beauty that could be regarded as a moga (shortened from modan garu, or 'modern girl'), as suggested by her sophisticated Western-influenced fashions.
Tadasu Watanabe, Ito Shinsui: All The Woodblock Prints, 1992, p. 207, no. 140
Amy Reigle Newland, and Hamanaka Shinji, The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties, 2000, p. 59, no. 48
(inv. no. 10-5431)
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