Sep 27, 2007

Rain in May

Rain in May



Itō Shinsui 伊東 深水

(Japanese, 1898–1972)

Woodblock print, ink and color on paper

Sheet: 43.4 x 28 cm (17 1/16 x 11 in.); Image: 41.2 x 26.1 cm (16 1/4 x 10 1/4 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William E. Ward Collection Fund 2001.57



Chiefly known for romanticized depictions of beautiful women, Itō Shinsui was one of the leading artists of the new woodblock print (shinhanga) movement that sought to reinvent the Japanese ukiyo-e print for a modern era. It also strove to retain the traditional team-based production system and standard subject matter of actors, beauties, and famous places. The primary market for shinhanga at the time of its production was Europe and the US; major shinhanga exhibitions were held at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio in the 1930s.

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