Ito Shinsui has here created a composition of planes and patterns in bold juxtaposition of yellow, black and grey. The traditional image of the back and nape of a female figure in Japanese Art is here made 'modern' in the reflection of her face and hand as she applies her powder; the face in the mirror with its fine clarity and red accent becomes the focus of the extraordinary composition.
"The Female Image", Hotei Publishing, page 81, Pl.93
The Actress 'Shizue Natsukawa, 1909-1999.
Marked: Showa 30 (1955), fifth month
20 x 14.25 inches [approx. (obaian tate-e])
Artist Seal: ito
in red,signed in sumi ink 'Shinsui'
Publisher's Seal: 'Watanabe'
Woodblock Prints of Ito Shinsui;Prints of Japanese Beauties