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Shinsui, Ito (1898 - 1972), "In Broad Daylight (Summer's Midday)"

"In Broad Daylight (Summer's Midday)" by Shinsui, Ito
Catalog ID A1075
Artist Ito Shinsui
Title In Broad Daylight (Summer's Midday)
Medium Original Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title Landscape
Edition First, and only.
Date 1917
Publisher S. Watanabe (Black 6mm seal in lower left)
Reference No The Complete Works of Ito Shinsui, Shuesha, 1982. Catalog #21
Size 16 x 11 "
Condition Very fine.

Notes: Provenance: Purchased from S. H. Mori in Chicago, mid-1930s. Three generations in an American family collection.

This example is perhaps one of the more unusual and bolder landscape prints by Shinsui, especially in the use of flat areas of color and in the heavy contour lines in the delineation of the bull's form. This style has given to rise to speculation by art historians of the influence of Impressionists like Paul Gauguin on Shinsui. Although a convenient argument, this debate is difficult to substantiate. The shape of the clouds is further emphasized by the use of blind printing to create, as the artist states, 'peaks of white clouds, bubbling up amidst the clear blue sky in early summer, absorbing the light of the blazing sun...a farm-hand was working hard in the hilly wheat-fields.' - The New Wave; pg. 186

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