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Sash (Obi) - Version 2

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Sash (Obi) - Version 2
by Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)

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Artist: Torii Kotondo (1900-1976) 鳥居言人
Title: Sash (Obi) - Version 2
Date 1st edition?1929/11
Date of this artwork?1929 (may not be accurate)
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: 39967
Notes (1st edition)?Title: Obi (Sash)
limited edition.
Artist: Kotondo Torii 1900-1976
Description: "Obi" (Sash). This is the blue kimono/blue mica background version. There is also a colour variant with a black kimono and cream mica background.
A rarely seen beauty print by the Shin Hanga master Torii Kotondo.
Signature: Kotondo.
Seal: Artist's seal.
Dated: 1929.
Publisher: Kawaguchi.
Medium/Technique: Woodblock print.

Edition size: 350. There is rumour that a 200-print edition also exists but I suspect not, given that I have not seen a single copy.

Notes: Carver Ito. Printer Komatsu. The edition number in Japanese is on the verso.
Format: Dai-Oban
Width Item: 11.4 inches = 29.0 cm
Height Item: 17.8 inches = 45.3 cm
Width Image: 10.4 inches = 26.3 cm
Height Image: 16.1 inches = 41.0 cm

Literature Newland, Amy R.; and S. Hamanaka, "The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties", Leiden: Hotei, 2000, ISBN 90 74822 20 7, - Pg. 126, pl. 168-2
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, 14 February 2008

Artist: Kotondo
Title: Woman in Blue Kimono
Seals: Kawaguchi (publisher)
Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: 1929
Size: 18.25" x 11.75"
Edition: 127/350
Signatures: Kotondo ga
Condition: Very fine color, impression and state, Very light discoloration on upper margin area, blue mica ground

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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