Ito Shinsui, 1898-1972

Cherry Blossom

hanging scroll, ink and color on paper; signed Shinsui ga with artist's square seal Shinsui; accompanied by tomobako with title inscribed on lid, Sakurabana, and signed on the lid interior, Shinsui-dai (titled by Shinsui), with square seal Shinsui, ca. 1925-1930

painting 50 3/4 by 12 5/8 in., 129 by 32 cm
overall 28 7/8 by 17 1/4 in., 73.5 by 43.7 cm

Ito Shinsui, born Ito Hajime, was born in the Fukagawa district of Tokyo. In 1907, due to a financial crisis in his family, he was forced to leave school at the age of nine and work at a lithography studio. He joined the drawing department of the Tokyo Printing Company in 1911, where his talent brought the attention of the department head who arranged an introduction to Kaburaki Kiyokata (1878-1972), from whom he received his go (art name), Shinsui.


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