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Make-up 化粧
by Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)

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Artist: Torii Kotondo (1900-1976) 鳥居言人
Title: Make-up 化粧
Date 1st edition?1929
Date of this artwork?1980s (may not be accurate)
Publisher 1st edition?Sakai and Kawaguchi 酒井川口
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: 36991
Notes (1st edition)?Artist Torii Kotondo
Title Make Up
Medium Original, Limited Edition Woodblock Print
Series Title Bijin-e (Beauties)

Date 1929
Publisher Sakai/Kawaguchi
Edition of 200. The highest edition number I have confirmed to date is #132. It is statistically unusual to have not seen even a single edition between 150 and 200, despite numerous examples of editions up to 132, so I suspect the full edition was not sold.

I have not seen a single example of a print from the domestic edition, so I suspect a domestic edition was not published.

Reference No Female Image, # 167 & Cover
Size 18 x 11-1/4

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:

Kesho (Make-up) by Torii Kotondo. Genuine woodblock print. Fine condition. Later imrpession. 19.0 x 13.0 inches. Ito carver's seal and Watanabe printer's seal in left margin. Wonderful color and excellent ink bleedthrough. Watermark in lower left margin. Never been framed. One of Kotondo's most spectacular bijin scenes. Compare to cover print and print #167 on page 125 of the book "The Female Image 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties".

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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