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Night at Ikenohata

A work made of color woodblock print.

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  • A work made of color woodblock print.

Date:

January 1921

Artist:

Ito Shinsui
Japanese, 1898-1972

About this artwork

This print opens a window onto the artist’s fruitful col-laboration with the publisher Watanabe Shôzaburô. Its creation was sparked when Itô Shinsui happened upon a minstrel outside a teahouse in Ueno and was so struck by the piercing light emanating from the building that he rapidly sketched the nighttime scene. Watanabe not only had prints made from the sketch but also included a note describing their origin and production when he distributed copies to the Edo-e Kanshôkai (a club for print collectors).

The note that accompanied the print reads in part:

What struck Shinsui was the edge of Shinobazu Pond at night, seen through the cherry trees and old willow trees, with the contrast between the candlelight in the windows and the deep blue of the sky… . In order to transfer the freshness of the experience as faithfully as possible, I asked Shinsui to freely direct and oversee the work of the carver and printer.
(Translated by Hiroko Isogai)

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Asia

Artist

Ito Shinsui

Title

Night at Ikenohata

Origin

Japan

Date

1916–1926

Medium

Color woodblock print

Dimensions

40.4 × 25.3 cm

Credit Line

Gift of Cornelius Crane

Reference Number

1962.279

Extended information about this artwork

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