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Early summer fine weather

Early summer fine weather 五月晴
by Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)

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Artist: Torii Kotondo (1900-1976) 鳥居言人
Title: Early summer fine weather 五月晴
Series: 
Date 1st edition?1936
Publisher 1st edition?Ukiyo-e Sekai 浮世絵世界
Publisher (this edition)?Ukiyo-e Sekai 浮世絵世界
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Kuchi-e
Format (this edition): Kuchi-e
DB artwork code: 37549
Notes (1st edition)?Width Item 5.0 inches = 12.7 cm
Height Item 7.3 inches = 18.5 cm
Width Mat 5.3 inches = 13.4 cm
Height Mat 7.6 inches = 19.2 cm

Published by Ukiyo-e Sekai.
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:

Saturday, 16 April 2005

鳥居言人 「五月晴」

一部薄いシミ(あまりわからないような)がございます。「浮世絵界」昭和11年5月号・付録のオリジナル木版画です。ご興味のある方のご入札をお待ちいたしております。サイズ:18.6x12.4㎝

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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