Itō Shinsui: Beauty Enjoying Summer Fireworks

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Artist: Itō Shinsui (1898-1972)
Title: Fireworks 花火
Series: The Second Collection of Modern Beauties (Gendai bijin shū dai nishū 現代美人集第二輯)
Date: 1932

A young woman is shown enjoying the summer fireworks, her face shown in profile as she looks towards the display. She holds a summer fan on her lap, and her kimono features large blue stripes and is tied with a colorful obi that features a  morning glory pattern. The summer evening sky is a soft grey rather than a deep black, perhaps reflecting the brightness of the fireworks. Numbered verso, from a limited edition of 250 prints. 

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô

Size: 42.8 x 27.8 cm
Literature: See “All the Woodblock Prints of Shinsui Ito”, number 65. Also see "The Female Image", number 71 and Toledo #157.
Signature: Shinsui ga