Artist: Itō Shinsui (伊東深水)

Print: The Second Series of Modern Beauties: Hazy Moon on a Spring Night (Gendai bijinshu dai-nishu: Oboro-yo)

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Dates: created,1931
Dimensions: 11.0 in,17.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Shinsui ga
Dated: Shōwa roku nen juichi gatsu Shinsui ga
(Showa 6 [1931], November)

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Physical description:

There is a hand-numbered limited edition seal on verso in red on the back of this print #185/250. The publisher seal for Watanabe appears there too. The reproduction of the Toledo catalogue from the early 1930s says that the falling cherry blossom petals indicate that the time of year is the spring. They suggest that there were about 10 blocks with 25-30 overprintings.

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There is a copy of this print in the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.



1) In a small black and white reproduction in Modern Japanese Prints, Toledo Museum of Art, #155.

2) In color in a full-page reproduction in 伊東深水全木版画 (All the Woodblock Prints of Itō Shinsui, Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, 1992, #63, p. 102.

3) in color in The Female Image: 20th century prints of Japanese beauties, Abe Publisher, 2000, #69, p. 69.