Shinsui ITO -- "After the Bath" #148/250

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Artist ITO, Shinsui (1898-1972)
Title "After the Bath"
Date 1930, Summer
(Limited Edition #148/250)
Provenance Consigned by a discriminating eastcoast USA collector.
Series "The First Collection 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). Red "Limited Edition #148/250" seal verso.
Image Size 10 x 16 ("dai-oban")
Impression Very Fine.
Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to face and hair-band; extensive "gauffrage"
(embossing) to entire blue kimono and hand towel; strong circular "baren sujizuri" to entire background.
Condition Nearly Excellent. Very good colors. Clean frontside and verso. (Very soft 2 1/2" crease (perhaps natural) to right edge; 1 1/4" scratch to top hair; slight wear; pencil notation lower verso margin.)
Reference/Illus "The Female Image," Plate #59; Blair's 1936 "Toledo Exhibition" pl. #146.
Comments Clothed in an elaborate blue and white cotton kimono, a beauty wrings a towel as she holds up her long sleeves in her teeth. First Edition. Rare.
Item # MM-21
Price Special $2400 (SOLD/WA)
(Reg $3200)