Ito Shinsui 伊東深水: Dancing (Odori); Sosaku hanga style work

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Artist: Itō Shinsui (1898-1972)
Title: Dancing (Odori)
Series: Twelve Forms of New Beauties 新美人十二姿
Date: 1923, 3rd month

A dancing girl is shown onstage, flowers in her hair, on her kimono and in the upper corners of the stage. She uses her extra-long sleeves, which are draped over her hands, to accentuate her movements. According to the Ito Shinsui monograph, the blocks for this work were carved by Shinsui himself, which is why it looks completely different from any of his other bijin prints, all of which were carved and printed by specialized professionals. It has the feeling of a sosaku-hanga work for good reason, as it was self-carved and quite experimental for this artist. A scarce, pre-earthquake design from the first and only edition; sealed verso, numbered 92 from a limited edition of 200.

Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. 
Dimensions: ôban 42.3 x 26.6 cm
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo
Literature: All the Woodblock Prints of Shinsui Ito, page 58, number 40. See Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.
Signature: Shinsui ga