Ito Shinsui without doubt, is regarded as one of the most significant artists of the Shin Hanga movement, and is considered as the last Ukiyo-e artist. Alongside Uemura Shoen (1875-1949), Shinsui was considered a master of bijinga (images of beautiful women). At the age of eighteen, Shinsui joined the Shin Hanga movement, which included major artists such as Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) and Hashiguchi Goyo (1880-1921). Established by the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo (1885-1962) the movement aimed to revive the older structure of ukiyo-e (woodblock print) production. Ito established his own independent studio in 1927. Although many of his early works were direct reflections of traditional ukiyo-e both in subject matter and in style, his technique was revolutionary. Ito would paint a ‘master painting’ in watercolors, and dedicated craftsmen would make the actual prints from this ‘master copy’. Watanabe and Ito continued their business cooperation into the 1960s, and Watanabe exported thousands of Shinsui prints, generating great success for them both.