Ito Shinsui, Dojoji

Ito Shinsui, 1898-1972

A Theatrical Dance - Dojoji
(Musume dojoji)

dated and signed at upper left corner, Showa nananen Shinsui ga (Showa 7 [1932], by Shinsui), with artist's red rectangular seal Shinsui, and English title printed on the bottom margin, A Theatrical Dance entitled "Dojoji," Artist- Ito Shinsui. Wood-cut Printing by S. Watanabe, Tokyo, ca. 1932

23 7/8 by 10 1/8 in., 60.5 by 25.8 cm

Impressions of this large format print are extremely rare. The design was produced for a Japanese Government Railways, and the earliest editions of the poster were produced in a very unusual way with original woodblock prints pasted on the poster itself. The lithographed poster background was decorated with cherry blossoms and the famous bronze temple bell of Dojoji above a billowing striped outdoor theatrical curtain. This impression appears to be one of those original prints which has astonishingly survived the impermanent nature of its initial mounting.

References:
Watanabe Tadasu, Ito Shinsui: All the Woodblock Prints, 1992, pp. 114-115, no. 74 (with fold-out to accommodate large size)
Amy Reigle Newland and Hamanaka Shinji, The Female Image, 2000, p. 75, no. 80 (no photo credit noted)

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Japanese Government Railways
Poster, ca. 1932

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