Drawings by Itô, Shinsui
It is ironic that Shinsui's very first print, Taikyô - Before the mirror, made for Watanabe Shôzaburô in 1916, was at the same time the best he ever made. His best bijin prints were made before the great Tokyo earthquake in 1923, and after that his work became repetitive, though his artistic inspiration flared up from time to time. His landscapes are instantly recognizable because of the palette he used; they are quite different from what his fellow artist Hasui made in the same period. After WWII Shinsui became a kind of Shin Hanga monument: he was declared an "Intangible Cultural Property" in 1952, and he died a very famous man.