Shinsui: Night Rain at Tago
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Itô Shinsui (1898-1972)
Heavy night rain on the coast off Tago Bay on Izu Peninsula.
Title: Tago no yau (Night rain in Tago)
Series: Izu hakkei no uchi (Eight views from Izu)
Signature: Shinsui (hand signed in ink)
Seal: Shinsui (square seal, hand applied)
Publisher: Watanabe, Tokyo (round 6 mm seal)
Format: Horizontal Ôban, 34,5 x 36,6 cm (image size)
Excellent impression and colours, the rain with embossing. Early impression. Paper minimally age-toned, at bottom left margin a little bit stained. Overall excellent condition.
Rare. Variant locations and shapes of signature and seal are documented for this image.
Ill. in Watanabe Tadasu, Ito Shinsui. All the Woodblock Prints, 1992, pp. 136 and 248, no. 92 (vertical signature and rectangular seal top left).
Cf. MFA Boston, 49.742 (top left horizontal signature, as here, with rectangular seal); MIA (Minneapolis Institute of Art), 2002.161.125.7; LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), M.73.37.323.