Itō Shinsui: Snow at the Shrine (Shatô no yuki)
Artist: Itō Shinsui
Title: Snow at the Shrine (Shatô no yuki)
Series: The First Series of Modern Beauties
Date: 1930, Winter
Full-length portrait of a traditionally dressed beauty visiting a shrine in winter. She holds aloft a Japanese-style parasol and wears a black naga-haori (long coat) that contrasts beautifully with the snowy environment. She wears tall geta (wooden sandals) to keep her feet dry. The snow-laden pine tree and stone lantern help to define the environs. This is Shinsui’s only full-length portrait of a beauty set in an outdoor environment. With a limited edition seal verso , numbered 105/250.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: 43.2 x 27.6
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo
Literature: “The Women of Shin Hanga”, plate 41, page 182. Reigle Newland, Amy, and Hamanaka Shinji, The female image: 20th century prints of Japanese beauties, 2000, p. 66, pl. 61.
Signature: Shinsui ga