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Artist: Itō Shinsui (伊東深水)

Print: Hair Style of a Married Woman (Marumage)

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Dates: 1924,created
Dimensions: 10.25 in,15.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Shinsui saku (深水作)
Artist's seal: Itō
Publisher: Watanabe Shōzaburō
Date: Taishō jūsannen shichigatsu Shinsui saku
Taishō 13 (July 1924 )
大正十三七月

Related links: Art Institute of Chicago; Harvard Art Museums; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Toledo Museum of Art; Freer/Sackler Galleries; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston;

Physical description:

"Woman with a fan is described in the 1930 Toledo catalogue as Woman of marumage, no doubt a reference to the round chignon worn by married women. The young woman is set against a light mica background."

Quoted from: The New Wave: Twentieth-century Japanese prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, p. 190 - illustrated in color.

Marumage (丸髷) is a traditional married woman's hair style with an oval chignon on top.

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Scholten Japanese Art noted: "Although Shinsui was the leading (and most prolific) bijin-ga artist of the shin-hanga movement, he did not, like so many of his contemporaries, produce many prints with mica ground. Perhaps his early experiences with exploring the print medium and utilizing the textures achievable with the manipulation of pigments and the baren made him less inclined toward further embellishments. It may be that it was Watanabe who rarely felt mica was needed. It is doubtful that it was an issue of expense, as Watanabe's standards for print production, particularly for works by Shinsui, were very high. Regardless of the reason, there were few full mica ground Shinsui prints issued."

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Illustrated:

1) In a small black and white image in Modern Japanese Prints by Dorothy Blair, Toledo Museum of Art, #18. The catalogue entry notes that this print was published in an edition of 200.

2) In color in Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, 20, p. 93.

3) 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, #44, p. 73.

4) In The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties, 2000, p. 58, pl. 44.

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There are other copies of this print at Yale and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo.