Ito Shinsui (1898 - 1972) is one of the really great names of the Japanese Shin Hanga art movement. His sensual, expressive depiction of bijin - beautiful young women - made him world famous. After World War II he was a publicly revered national celebrity and in 1952 the Japanese government declared the artwork of Ito Shinsui an Intangible National Treasure, one of the highest awards an artist can recieve in Japan
The poise and style of the Japanese is balanced to excellent effect with the influence of Western fashions in art and design. His prints are technically perfect, and show wonderfully vibrant use of colour.