Shinsui ITO -- "Hotspring Fragrance" (#32/250)

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Artist ITO, Shinsui
Title "Hotspring Fragrance"
Date 1930
Limited Edition #32/250 stamping verso (obscured).
Series "First Series of Modern Beauties" (1929-31)
("Gendai Bijin-shu Dai-issuh")
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer Watanabe "6-mm" seal (used on early Shinsui prints).
Image Size 10 1/8 x 16 ("dai-oban")
Impression Very Fine.
Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to background areas; "baren sujizuri" tracings to background; "gauffrage" (embossing) to water area; nicely detailed carving.
Condition Fair.
Fading of colors.
(Horizontal centerfold, reinforeced verso; wear/stain margins; verso repair upper/left; light toning; wear.)
Reference/Illus "The Female Image," Plate #60; Blair's 1936 "Toledo Exhibition" pl. #147.
Comments A beauty seen drying herself after an outdoors bath at a hot spring. Rarely seen. Despite condition--nevertheless a charming image.
Item # GG-144
Price $600 Special