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Artist: Ito Shinsui
The Chikuma River in Ealrly Summer, from the series "Ten Sights of Shinano"
1948, published by Watanabe
Size: full oban, approx. 15.375" x 11"
Condition: VG, minor soils, otherwise fine
Impression: Fine, solid key lines, nice surface texture, tight registration
Color: Fine, deep saturated color and bleed through to verso
Documention:  Ito Shinsui: All the Woodblock Prints, 1992, Watanabe Tadasu, page 182

About Ito Shinsui

Born in Tokyo in 1898, Shinsui's given name was Ito Hajime. In 1911 he was accepted as an apprentice to the studio of Kaburagi Kiyokata who gave him the name "Shinsui", and he issued his first woodblock print a year later. Shinsui's talent was soon apparent and by 1912 his paintings were entered in public exhibitions, and he began to win numerous awards. Around 1916 the woodblock publisher Watanabe Shozaburo spotted Shinsui's work at an exhibition and invited him to create portraits of Japanese beauties for the Watanabe studio. Shinsui's relationship with Watanabe lasted 44 years, during which Shinsui designed about 130 prints primarily of Japanese beauties and landscapes.