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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
Publisher 1st edition?Sakai and Kawaguchi 酒井川口
Publisher (this edition)?Sakai and Kawaguchi 酒井川口
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Large Oban
Format (this edition): Large Oban
DB artwork code: 36998
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.

Ohmi Gallery has a copy of a very rare trial print with different colour palette and carving.
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, 27 July 2008

Shin Hanga: Bijin Bust

Artist: Torii Kotondo
Format: Dai oban tate-e: 19" x 11.75"

Subject: An early original impression of Kotondo's famous design - Girl Applying Powder. One of the pinnacles of Shin Hanga bijin ga design.

Publisher: Sakai and Kawaguchi

Date: 1929

Condition: Full size with large margins. A few small creases at the edges of the margins. Mottled toning of paper, mainly to verso. Minor marks and flaws. Generally good state.

Colour: Fine

Impression: Exceptionally fine with burnishing and gauffrage, but lacking the publishers and edition seals. Possibly a proof impression.

Other Notes: Please note that the print has full margins not visible in scanned image.

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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