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Glossy dark hair 黒髪
by Kiyoshi Kobayakawa (1898-1948)

Original caretaker of this artwork: Asian Collection

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Artist: Kiyoshi Kobayakawa (1898-1948) 小早川清
Title: Glossy dark hair 黒髪
Series: Womens manners of today
Date 1st edition?1931
Publisher 1st edition?Privately published
Publisher (this edition)?Privately published
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Large Oban
Format (this edition): Large Oban
DB artwork code: 38214
Notes (1st edition)?Title: Combing Hair
limited edition
Artist: Kiyoshi Kobayakawa 1897-1948
Signature: Kiyoshi
Seal: artist's seal (kobayakawa)
Dated: 1931
Publisher: Privately published
Technique/Medium: Woodblock print
Edition: Size 100
Description: "Kindai Jisei Sho no Uchi, Go, Kurokami" (The Toilet of the Recent Times, No.Five, Black Hair) Young woman is taking a bath and coming her long black hair. The interesting baren works to indicate the airy and luminous vapor on the background.

Note: "Hyakumai kagiri Zeppan: dai 28 ban" in Japanese stamped on the left margin.

Width 11.8 inches = 30.0 cm
Height 20.5 inches = 52.0 cm
Width of Image 11.0 inches = 28.0 cm
Height of Image 19.5 inches = 49.5 cm
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:

Thursday, 2 October 2008

ARTIST: Kobayakawa, Kiyoshi (1896-1948)
SERIES: KINDAI JISEI SHO (Modern Fashionable Styles), seld published
TITLE OR SUBJECT: Black hair
SIGNATURE AND SEAL: Artist signature and seal, carver/printer seal for Tadano Shichinosuke and Ono Tomisaburo
DATE OR CIRCA: Not dated (1931)
PAPER SIZE: 20 3/4 x 12 inches
IMPRESSION/COLOR/CONDITION: Good/Good/Good
CONDITION DETAILS: No discernable repairs, light toning, light wear and minor soiling, good state

Artist Bio: Kobayakawa Kiyoshi is best known for designing woodblock prints of modern Japanese women. Born in Hakata, a town in the Fukuoka Province of Kyushu, Kiyoshi was one of many artists who studied with Kaburagi Kiyokata, the famous painter and print designer. Kiyoshi entered Kiyokata's school at age twenty and probably knew Kiyokata's other students including Ito Shinsui, Kawase Hasui, and Torii Kotondo. Unfortunately, little is known about Kiyoshi's life compared to those other print designers. During the 1920's and 1930's, he exhibited Nihonga (Japanese-style) paintings at several exhibitions including the Kyodokai and the Imperial Academy Exhibition. In 1923, he contributed a print design to the series, "Complete Collection of Chikamatsu". This was probably Kiyoshi's first experience designing woodblock prints. Beginning in 1930, Kiyoshi began designing a series of six bijin prints which he called "Modern Fashionable Styles" (Kindai jisei sho). These prints were carved by Tadano Shichinosuke and printed by Ono Tomisaburo. The prints in this series were (1) Tipsy, (2) Powdering the Face, (3) Pedicure, (4) Expression of Eyes, (5) Black Hair, and (6) Rouge. Though most of these prints depict Japanese women engaged in traditional feminine pursuits, Tipsy is remarkable for its frank portrayal of a modern girl, or moga. It depicts a Japanese woman dressed in fashionable Western clothing and jewelry, drinking and smoking a cigarette. Her flirtatious, blurred gaze and her flushed cheeks indicate that she is intoxicated. This print was considered quite risque when it was first published. Kiyoshi designed thirteen prints in all, twelve of which were exhibited at the 1936 Toledo Exhibition. In addition to his six self-published prints, three were published by Hasegawa, three by Ensendo (Takamizawa) and one by Watanabe Shozaburo. Kiyoshi was awarded the special rank of Tokusen for his 1933 print, The Geisha Ichimaru. He died in April 1948 at Ikegami, Tokyo. Some of his woodblocks have been reprinted since his death and have later publisher's seals in the margin. Kobayakawa Kiyoshi is best known for designing woodblock prints of modern Japanese women. Born in Hakata, a town in the Fukuoka Province of Kyushu, Kiyoshi was one of many artists who studied with Kaburagi Kiyokata, the famous painter and print designer. Kiyoshi entered Kiyokata's school at age twenty and probably knew Kiyokata's other students including Ito Shinsui, Kawase Hasui, and Torii Kotondo. Unfortunately, little is known about Kiyoshi's life compared to those other print designers. During the 1920's and 1930's, he exhibited Nihonga (Japanese-style) paintings at several exhibitions including the Kyodokai and the Imperial Academy Exhibition. In 1923, he contributed a print design to the series, "Complete Collection of Chikamatsu". This was probably Kiyoshi's first experience designing woodblock prints. Beginning in 1930, Kiyoshi began designing a series of six bijin prints which he called "Modern Fashionable Styles" (Kindai jisei sho). These prints were carved by Tadano Shichinosuke and printed by Ono Tomisaburo. The prints in this series were (1) Tipsy, (2) Powdering the Face, (3) Pedicure, (4) Expression of Eyes, (5) Black Hair, and (6) Rouge. Though most of these prints depict Japanese women engaged in traditional feminine pursuits, Tipsy is remarkable for its frank portrayal of a modern girl, or moga. It depicts a Japanese woman dressed in fashionable Western clothing and jewelry, drinking and smoking a cigarette. Her flirtatious, blurred gaze and her flushed cheeks indicate that she is intoxicated. This print was considered quite risque when it was first published. Kiyoshi designed thirteen prints in all, twelve of which were exhibited at the 1936 Toledo Exhibition. In addition to his six self-published prints, three were published by Hasegawa, three by Ensendo (Takamizawa) and one by Watanabe Shozaburo. Kiyoshi was awarded the special rank of Tokusen for his 1933 print, The Geisha Ichimaru. He died in April 1948 at Ikegami, Tokyo. Some of his woodblocks have been reprinted since his death and have later publisher's seals in the margin.

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