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Shinsui, Ito (1898 - 1972), "Sunset at Akashi"

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Catalog ID A2391
Artist Ito Shinsui
Title Sunset at Akashi
Medium Original Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title
Edition First and only.
Date 1916
Publisher S. Watanabe Print Co.
Reference No New Wave, #228 pg. 180; Shuesha (1982), #10
Size 10 x 14 -3/4 "
Condition Mint, with superb colors.

Notes: Near pristine example. Removed from the original S. Watanabe folder; never framed or displayed. Dated and signed upper right, 'Taisho 5 (1916), 20 December, Shinsui'. Circular S. Watanabe seal in lower right image.

"Sunset at Akashi", Shinsui's first landscape print, illustrates a wandering monk looking over the Akashi straits, located in southern Hyogo prefecture. He himself says, with a degree of modesty: 'The picture is based upon my memories of my youth, when I sojourned in the Keihan district at the age of 17 or 18...Because the block printing process requires special color combinations, I thought this scene would be most suitable, but due to my lack of knowledge as well as my lack of experience in woodblock printing, I could not obtain the expected results'. The New Wave; pg. 181

Scarce pre-earthquake landscape design by the artist.

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