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Misty Spring (Oboro Haru)

Misty Spring (Oboro Haru) おぼろ春
by Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)

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Artist: Torii Kotondo (1900-1976) 鳥居言人
Title: Misty Spring (Oboro Haru) おぼろ春
Series: 
Date 1st edition?1932/4
Date of this artwork?1980s (may not be accurate)
Publisher 1st edition?Ikeda 池田
Publisher (this edition)?Unknown 不明
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Large Oban
Format (this edition): Large Oban
DB artwork code: 31053
Notes (1st edition)?Dated April 1932 (confirmed).
Limited edition of only 100 prints, after which the blocks were destroyed.
Scene number 4 among 12 Ikeda published scenes.

Has also been called " Hazy Moon in Spring".

Re-issued in the series "Twelve Aspects of Women" circa August 23, 1988.
Notes (this edition)?The following information was taken from the original web listing of this artwork. Often written by non-experts, there may be inaccuracies:

Tuesday, 18 April 2006

Misty Spring
Lot AU22

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Artist: Torii Kotondo
Format: Dai oban tate-e: 19" x 11.25" approx

Subject: A wistful young woman amid falling Cherry blossom petals.



Date: Originally 1933: this edition later

Condition: Full size. Fine state

Colour: Fine

Impression: Fine with gauffrage


Estimated Value: 」800 - 」1200

Artist Bio: Torii Kotondo (or Torii Kiyotada VIII) is renowned for his paintings and shin hanga prints of beautiful women. His woodblock prints, superbly carved and printed, are comparable with those of Hashiguchi Goyo and Ito Shinsui. Kotondo was born with the name Saito Akira in the Nihonbashi district of Tokyo. He was the only son among the five children of Torii Kiyotada, the seventh Torii master. The Torii school had a long tradition of painting and printmaking for the Japanese theater, extending back to the seventeenth century. Kabuki theater was still very popular in the early twentieth century and prints and painted posters were the primary means of publicity. Although Kotondo was mainly interested in studying history and archaeology, it was assumed that he would follow in his father's footsteps and join the Torii school. At age 14, Kotondo agreed to leave school and begin studies with Kobori Tomone, a yamato-e painter. Along with painting classes, Tomone taught Kotondo about the court and military practices of ancient Japan, satisfying his interest in history. A year later, he was officially adopted as the next heir of the Torii school and assumed the artist's name 'Kotondo'. While still studying with Tomone, he began designing illustrations for a theatrical magazine, Engei Gaho ('Entertainment Illustrated Magazine'), and painted kabuki posters and billboards.

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