Tsumabuki (Strumming)

Shinsui Ito


Absolutely beautiful Bijin -ga print "Tsumabuki" (Strumming) is by Shinsui Ito. This is iconic Japanese print. Published by Nagai Gallery. This print just speak out by itself. Geisha is always gorgeous and cheerful. However, she is just strumming her Samisen (instrument) in the dark. She is thinking something..maybe man she loves..... This print shows other focus of Geisha who is very fragile and sensitive.. Really sentimental print. Colors are vivid, vibrant and in layers which makes them appear soft. The lines are crisp. Title "Tsumabuki" (Strumming) in Japanese and edition number EA.(This print was limited to only 250 sheets limited edition) on the left margin. Publisher name "Nagai Gyro", Carver’s name; Hanbei Okura, Printer’s name; Kanjiro Sato on the right margin. Great carver and printer. Very emotional Japanese Bijin print.

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 20 inches by 17 and 1/2 inches.
Image size: 18 and 1/8 inches by 15 and 1/4 inches.
Sheet number: EA (same is AP -artist proof)
Date: Showa 7 nen 3 gatsu (March 1932) However, this is later printing
Signed: ”Shinsui” with red seal in the right of image.
Condition: Pristine condition.