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Utatane- A nap (silver mica background)

Utatane- A nap (silver mica background) うたっ寝
by Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)

Original caretaker of this artwork: Floating World Gallery

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Artist: Torii Kotondo (1900-1976) 鳥居言人
Title: Utatane- A nap (silver mica background) うたっ寝
Series: 
Date 1st edition?1933/2
Date of this artwork?1933 February (may not be accurate)
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: 43862
Notes (1st edition)?Artist Kotondo, Torii, 1900-1977
Title A Nap
Dated February 1933 (confirmed).
Limited edition of only 100 prints, after which the blocks were destroyed.

I have seen both "A Nap" and "Hair Combing" marked as scene number 7. One of them must be scene 8 in reality.
Ikeda published a total of 12 scenes.



Medium woodblock
Dimensions 16 x 10 inches
Illustrated Beauties, pl. 177-2
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:

Condition Soiling on front margins and on reverse; toning on reverse margin; adhesive residue on reverse top margin; wrinkling in paper noticeable on the silver mica background
Comments Published by Ikeda; limited edition stamp with hand applied numeration 6/100 on reverse

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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