It's Going to Snow (Translation)
雪もよひ 伊東深水 大正十五年春 (Primary Title)
Yuki mo yoi (Transliterated Title)

Ito Shinsui 伊東深水, Japanese, 1898 - 1972 (Artist)

Woodblock print with embossing; ink and color on paper
Mat: 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.64 cm)

In the early 1920s, Shinsui began to shift his interest from the landscape to the depiction of women. Unlike traditional ukiyo-e prints, which feature geishas, this portrait shows a modern woman with curled hair and light makeup, wearing a green kimono overcoat and a shawl over her shoulders. The artist used fine lines to define the facial features and embossing to highlight the pattern on the shawl. The woman’s downcast gaze offers a hint of her inner world. In this genre, Shinsui depicts not only the changing fashion of women but also the people as cultural representatives in the new era. Two additional examples of Shinsui’s paintings are currently on view in the museum’s Japanese gallery.

Taisho period (1912-1926)
深水画 Shinsui ga
深水 Shinsui
雪もよひ 大正十五年春作
René and Carolyn Balcer Collection

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