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Nagajuban- Long Undergarment- Variant 1

Nagajuban- Long Undergarment- Variant 1 長襦袢
by Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)

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Artist: Torii Kotondo (1900-1976) 鳥居言人
Title: Nagajuban- Long Undergarment- Variant 1 長襦袢
Date 1st edition?1930-1931
Date of this artwork?1930s (may not be accurate)
Publisher 1st edition?Sakai and Kawaguchi 酒井川口
Publisher (this edition)?Kawaguchi 川口
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Large Oban
Format (this edition): Large Oban
DB artwork code: 34947
Notes (1st edition)?Artist Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)
Title Long Undergarmen(colour variant 1)
Edition size: 300 (Kawaguchi embossed)
Date Of Work, 1st edition: 1929. This colour variant: 1930s

Publisher Kawaguchi

Dimensions 18.25 x 11.875.
The 4(?) colour variations were published by Kawaguchi alone. 169.1 in The Female Image.
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:

Torii Kotondo
In a Long Undergarment (Nagajuban), 188/300
Japanese woodblock print
Image size: 16 by 10 1/4 inches
Illustrated: Kotondo, pl. 26, Female Image, pl. 169-4

No condition problems to note
Embossed fan; embossed title in bottom margin; for an alternate color state, see lot 090

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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