1799 - 1823
period: 1603-1867 Ukiyo-e (Edo Period)
Ryūryūkyo Shinsai was a pupil of Katsushika Hokusai; his first work was a humorous illustrated book ‘ A Cat Visits the Prostitutes’, published in 1799. Shinsai specialized in Surimono and privately commissioned works. In the early 1800s Shinsai designed prints in small formats, in the mid-1810s he began working in the square format. He was one of the first surimono designers to explore the still life., he was also one of the first artists to design large sets of surimono the first being ‘Kasen awase’ designed for the Yomo Group in 1809 on the theme of the ‘ Thirty-six Shells’.