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Kotondo (1900-1976)

At the Mirror (Makeup)

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#JPR-111924
Kotondo (1900-1976)
At the Mirror (Makeup)
Medium:
Woodblock Print
Date:
Summer, 1930
Edition:
117/350
Size:
18"" x 11.75""
Signature:
Kotondo ga with rectangular seal Shi
Condition:
Very good color, impression and state, very light scratches and minor soiling, silver mica ground

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Details

Publisher:
Kawaguchi
Provenance:
Robert O Muller Collection

About the art

This print is the first edition by Kawaguchi with the pink kimono . Another impression of this print is in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Clark Art Institute Illustrated: The Female Image pl 174-1

About the artist

Kotondo Torii was born as Akira Saito in the Nihonbashi district of Tokyo. He was adopted as the son of Kiyotada Torii, the seventh Torii master and head of the school from 1929 until 1951. Kotondo began his career in 1914 in yamato-e (Japanese court painting) under the tutelage of Tomone Kobori, before joining Shinsui Ito in the workshop of Kiyokata Kaburaki in 1918. Early in his career, Kotondo produced posters and other kabuki focused illustrations for Entertainment Illustrated magazine. He completed the majority of his woodblock prints between 1927 and 1933, working with several publishers including Sakai/Kawaguchi (Kyoto, 1920s) and Ikeda (Tokyo, 1930s). After his father’s death in 1941, Kotondo assumed the name Torii VIII (Kiyotada V). From 1966 to 1972, he lectured at Nihon University. Unlike his kabuki-focused Torii predecessors, Kotondo turned to the bijin-ga genre. In both his paintings and his woodblock prints, he portrays beauties with a delicacy and intimacy. Over course of his career, he produced twenty-two bijin-ga designs. Six of these designs were issued in multiple color variations.

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