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Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves 紅葉
by Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)

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Artist: Torii Kotondo (1900-1976) 鳥居言人
Title: Autumn Leaves 紅葉
Date 1st edition?1933
Publisher 1st edition?Ikeda 池田
Publisher (this edition)?Ikeda 池田
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Large Oban
Format (this edition): Large Oban
DB artwork code: 39972
Notes (1st edition)?"Autumn Leaves"
by Torii Kotondo, 1934

Dated 1933 (confirmed. Month not yet confirmed).

Limited edition of only 100 prints, after which the blocks were destroyed.
Scene number 10 among 12 Ikeda published scenes.

Documentation: illustrated in The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties Hotei, 2000, page138, illustration 185

Note: To date (2022) I have not seen a single example of this scene that has an edition number written on the verso cartouche. All three example that I have viewed have no edition number.
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, 16 October 2008

This is a Japanese woodblock print. I think it is a Kotondo as the signature is the same as the other Kotondo I have listed. I am not a Japanese art expert so if I am wrong, please let me know. It is from an estate which had a large collection of Japanese art, books and other items. I will be listing more of the items on ebay within the next few days. This is in a glass frame. The next few I am listing are in glass frames. These are the items that the collector had displayed at a museum at one point. The estate believes them to be displayed properly and only taped with a small piece of tape to the board. I am not taking it apart to verify that. Excellent condition.

The image measures 16 by 10 inches.

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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