Shinsui, together with his teacher Kaburagi Kiyokata (1878-1973), helped bring ukiyo-e painting into the mainstream of Nihonga. A relatively conservative artist, he is admired for both his woodblock prints and his paintings of traditional Japanese beauties. His women exude a combination of sensuality and realism that captured the popular imagination. For a related work, painted in 1959, see Shiokawa Kyoko and Seki Chiyo, Uemura Shoen/Ito Shinsui, vol. 2 of 20-seiki Nihon no bijutsu/Art Gallery Japan (Tokyo: Shueisha, 1986), pl. 12.