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Combing Her Hair

Combing Her Hair 髪梳き
by Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)

Original caretaker of this artwork: Castle Fine Arts  Specializing in fine 18th-20th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints.

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Artist: Torii Kotondo (1900-1976) 鳥居言人
Title: Combing Her Hair 髪梳き
Series: 
Date 1st edition?1929/10
Date of this artwork?1929/30s (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: 44572
Notes (1st edition)?Artist: KOTONDO TORII (1900-1976)
Title: COMBING THE HAIR
Dated: 1929, October
Editions: 200 (Sakai & Kawaguchi edition, paper seal on verso, export edition);
300 (Kawaguchi edition, embossed on verso)
Publisher: Sakai and Kawaguchi (blind-stamp) & ltd. Ed. Stamp verso;
Seals: Artist Red
Size: 13 5/8" x 20 1/2"
Illustrated: Pinckard cat #3 pl.119

Re-issued in the series "Twelve Aspects of Women" circa August 23, 1988.
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:

Artist Torii Kotondo
Title Combing Her Hair
Medium Original, Limited Edition Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title Beauties
Edition #47/300
Date 1929
Publisher Sakai/Kawaguchi
Reference No Female Image, #170; New Wave, fig. 164
Size 18 -1/4 x 11 -3/4 " (sheet)
Condition Superb impression and color. Light, mottled toning from being in its original folder.

Notes: Dated and signed upper left:'Showa 4 (1929), October, work of Kotondo', followed by square artist's seal reading "Kotondo".

Embossed title in lower margin reads "Kamisuki" ('Combing Hair').

Embossed seal of joint publishers Sakai and Kawaguchi in lower left margin.

Blocks carved by Ito and printed by Komatsu Wasakichi.

Edition stamp on the reverse reads 'No. 47 of a limited edition of 300'.

A SCARCE, EARLY EXAMPLE WITH FRESH COLORS.

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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