Shinsui, Ito (1898 - 1972), "Bathing in Early Summer (Pre-Earthquake)"
|Title||Bathing in Early Summer (Pre-Earthquake)|
|Medium||Original Limited Edition Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Series Title||New Twelve Images of Beauties|
|Publisher||S. Watanabe Color Print Co.|
|Reference No||Female Image: Cat. #37; pg. 55; All Works I. Shinsui: Cat. #33; pg. 58; Fresh Impressions: Cat. #28; pg. 99;|
|Size||17 -1/4 x 10 -1/2 "|
|Condition||Very fine, with superb colors.|
Notes: The original blocks and existing inventory were all destroyed in the aftermath of the 1923 earthquake and fires. The artists works after 1924, rarely capture the tactile quality of his earlier designs; which can be seen quite clearly in the overall efforts taken in the 'baren' marks throughout the background. A thicker paper was also used by the S. Watanabe Color Print Co. for the pre-earthquake images.
Tadasu Watanabe states, "When Shinsui created woodblock prints, he did not draw original paintings, but drew a sketch first. He worked for a pure abstract form. We cut the key-block in accordance with the sketch and pulled a sumi ink line print first. Shinsui then added watercolors on the sumi print to make a color-draft. Based on the color-draft, we selected eight to twelve colors to set the numbers of color blocks. An engraver cut a set of blocks accordingly and following the color-draft, a printer completed a first test print before the final decision on the total color plates was made. After watching the last process, Shinsui used to come to the studio of our shop and instructed us as to the tone of colors. The colors on the prints inevitably came out in a different tone from that of the hand-painted color-draft. We got together to incorporate Shinsui's ideas into the final stage, resulting in the birth of a creative woodblock print." - All the Woodblock Prints of Ito Shinsui
Provenance: Fresh to market. Part of a single-family collection, that was properly stored in California since the 1930s.