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Early Summer Bath, from the series “Twelve Images of Modern Beauties”

A work made of color woodblock print.

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  • A work made of color woodblock print.

Date:

1922

Artist:

Ito Shinsui
Japanese, 1898-1972

About this artwork

The woman depicted here is kneeling in a bathhouse; the red flush of her face and fingertips indicates that she must have just emerged from the water. During the Edo period (1615–1868) many prints depicted a woman after her bath and Itô Shinsui modernized the subject by treating it more realistically, as if he had sketched from life.
Layers of color compose the background and her hair while the contour lines of her body were blind-printed (stamped with ink-free blocks). The swirling lines of the background that extend over her body were made with the edge of a baren, a disk-shaped tool used to rub the paper upon the printing blocks.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Asia

Artist

Ito Shinsui

Title

Early Summer Bath, from the series “Twelve Images of Modern Beauties”

Origin

Japan

Date

1917–1927

Medium

Color woodblock print

Dimensions

43.6 × 26.8 cm

Credit Line

Frederick W. Gookin Collection

Reference Number

1939.1592

Extended information about this artwork

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