Itō Shinsui 伊東深水: Kuchi-e of Beauty with Towel
Artist: Itō Shinsui 伊東深水
Title: Kuchi-e of Beauty with Towel
Date: ca. 1910s-20s
A beauty looks directly at the viewer, her directness striking. This work would have been included with a magazine (kuchi-e), hence the folds for insertion. It would be a companion work to a serialized novel that was printed in the magazine. The Japanese at the time used several types of offset and lithographic printing as well as a combination of these; this work seems to have been created using offset lithography, a combination of the two processes. Shinsui’s powers of composition and design are are strong as every in these prints, which are extremely affordable compared to his Taisho era limited-edition woodblock prints, which easily run into the five figures.Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. The usual kuchi-e folds.
Dimensions: 34.5 x 18.5 cm
Literature:See Kendall Brown’s “Dangerous Beauties and Dutiful Wives, Popular Portraits of Women in Japan, 1905-1925” for a discussion of similar kuchi-e as well as the printing techniques.