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Itō Shinsui, Japanese
Early Summer Bath, from Twelve Forms of New Beauties (Shin bijin jūni sugata 新美人十二姿), 1922
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Gift of Ellen and Fred Wells

Seven Masters focuses on seven artists who played a significant role in the development of early 20th-century shin hanga, the new print, and are noteworthy representatives of this movement. Drawing from the collection of Ellen and Fred Wells at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, it features the spectacular beauty portraits of Hashiguchi Goyō (1880–1921), Itō Shinsui (1898–1972), Yamakawa Shūhō (1898–1944), and Torii Kotondo (1900–1976), the striking actors of Yamamura Toyonari/Kōka (1886–1942) and Natori Shunsen (1886–1960), as well as the evocative landscapes of Kawase Hasui (1883–1957). It is accompanied by a richly illustrated book with more than 300 images.

The exhibition is organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Generous support for the accompanying publication, Seven Masters: 20th-Century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection, is provided by Ellen Wells.

Above image:
Hashiguchi Goyō, Japanese
Rain at Yabakei, (耶馬渓), 1918
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Gift of Ellen and Fred Wells