Eyebrow Pencil

Eyebrow Pencil

Object Title:

Eyebrow Pencil

Date:

1928

Artist:

Itö Shinsui

Carver:

Unknown (Japanese Art)

Printer:

Unknown (Japanese Art)

Publisher:

Watanabe Shözaburö / S. Watanabe Color Print Co.

Medium:

Color woodblock print Technique: Nishiki-e (Woodblock print with color blocks)

Dimensions:

11 x 15 3/4 in. (28 x 40 cm)

Credit Line:

Gift of James A. Michener, 1984 (19293)

Object Number:

19293

Other Title:

Kana: まゆずみ Kanji : 眉墨

Description:

Itö Shinsui is known as the Utamaro (the most famous ukiyo-e master of pictures of beautiful women) of modern times. As seen in this print, Shinsui depicts many bust portraits of women in traditional kimonos and hairstyles. In this print, a geisha is drawing her eyebrows with a brush in front of a mirror, a theme often used in ukiyo-e. However, the sense of volume in her face and body, and the bold rouge color, a synthetic color originally imported from the West, give a new and modern atmosphere to the print.