Mihara no sabaku - Oshima Ju-ni kei uchi (Mihara Desrt of Oshima Island” from the series “Twelve Senic Places of Oshima Island")

Shinsui Ito


Published by Watanabe with black 6mm copyright seal in lower left of image. Normally we would expect a long copyright seal for this publication date; however, it is illustrated in the seminal reference book for the artist, Ito Shinsui: All the Woodblock Pints, at plate 83. According to the publisher, the prints from the Twelve Sights of Oshima Island series as they were hand signed and sealed by Shinsui, rather than printed in the block, necessated only a single printing of the 12 designs form the series; 200 copies each. Shazaburo Watanabe would send about 20 or 30 copies of each design to be signed and sealed by Ito as needed. Please note black lacqure signature overprinted with red artist seal and one tiny red ink dropplet in cloud. Another seldom seen print from a world famous artist..

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: Format for this print is Oban tate-e, paper size is approxamitely 16 and ¾ by 11 and 3/8 inches with an image size of 15 and ½ by almost 10 and ½ inches.
Sheet number: N/A
Date: Undated
Signed:Brush signed and sealed by the artist.
Condition: Rich bold colors with a few faint mico dots in the clouds. One drying hole high in the right margin. One paper crease upper right which is very common in this print. Verso looks to be nearly pristine.

Mihara Desert

Oshima, which translates into “Big Island” despite only being nine kilometers wide and 15 kilometers long, is the largest and most populated of a group of islands collectively called Izu Shichito” (or Izu Seven Islands). These islands are in fact officially a part of Tokyo but, as anyone who’s been there will quickly realize, entirely a world away from the busy neon metropolitan.
Oshima is renowned for its beautiful bright red Japanese camellia flowers that blossom in early spring and for its excellent diving spots during the summer. The island’s centerpiece however, is undoubtedly Mihara-yama, the live volcano that sits right smack dab in the middle of the island. In September 2010, the island of Oshima was officially designated as a UNESCO Geopark.