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After the Bath (Yugaeri)

After the Bath (Yugaeri) 湯帰り
by Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)

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Artist: Torii Kotondo (1900-1976) 鳥居言人
Title: After the Bath (Yugaeri) 湯帰り
Date 1st edition?1932/5
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: 34909
Notes (1st edition)?Dated May 1932 (confirmed).
Limited edition of only 100 prints, after which the blocks were destroyed.
Scene number 5 among 12 Ikeda published scenes.

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:

Monday, 15 January 2007

After the Bath
Yu gaeri

Torii Kotondo, 20th century master-

This very special, numbered, limited edition release by the Ishukankokai publisher- In the early 1980s with a commission from Kotondo's heirs, the venerable publisher Ishukankokai was given a contract to reprint some of Kotondo's lovely print designs. First released were numbered, limited edition prints of his great masterworks. The Ishukankokai publisher painstakingly reproduced prints that are virtually indistinguishable from the Kotondo originals. They sealed the prints with their "moneybag" seal in the left margin and hand numbered the series from 1 to 750. These fantastic, Kotondo designs were again available in this strictly limited quantity for collectors to enjoy. Today, once again, Kotondo works are almost impossible to find in the market- including these Ishukankokai prints. Tonight we are excited to offer this beautiful print of Kotondo's "After the Bath". Our print is numbered 99/750 (see photo below).

After the Bath- A beautiful Kotondo design of a young woman in a light bathrobe, passing through the door curtain of a public bath. One of Kotondo's classic images and one of the most famous wood block prints of the 20th century. The young beauty emerging from the bath behind the traditional curtain is a shin-hanga classic. Lovely color and detail in an excellent print. The pigment on the door curtain printed with a mottled effect and utilizing the circular marks of the baren for texture. Without question, a wonderful print for display. Bid now!

With original presentation folder- Each print is being sold with its original presentation folder.

Signed- Kotondo-saku
Publisher Seal- Ishukankokai, with red moneybag seal, also sealed with carver and printer name. Bearing publisher's watermark in lower left corner.
With limited edition numbering- # 99 of 750
Image size- 10 1/4" x 16 1/8"
Sheet size- 13" x 19"
Condition- This print in pristine condition overall, excellent with no issues to report. Fine color, excellent detail, a top-notch printing job. Full margins, not backed. No holes, tears, damage, repairs, or any issues to report. An excellent choice for the discerning collector.

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.

Torii Kotondo was the 8th Torii and the 5th Torii Kiyotada. His father was the 4th Kiyotada.

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