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Misty Spring (Oboro Haru)

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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
Date 1st edition?1932/4
Date of this artwork?1980s (may not be accurate)
Publisher 1st edition?Ikeda 池田
Publisher (this edition)?Ishukankokai 遺珠刊行会
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Large Oban
Format (this edition): Large Oban
DB artwork code: 31054
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:

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Shin Hanga: Hazy Spring
Lot AU10
Artist: Torii Kotondo

Format: Large oban tate-e: 19" x 13" approx

Subject: From the series Twelve Aspects of Women. Oboro Haru - Hazy Spring. A beauty is looking at the hazy moon. Cherry petals are falling around her.

Publisher: Originally by Ikeda. This special limited edition published by Ishu Kanko Kai

Date: c 1970

Condition: Full size. Minor marks and flaws. Generally fine state.

Colour: Fine

Impression: Fine

Other Notes: Numbered seventeen from the limited memorial edition and complete with original folder.

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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