#JP-111568
Kotondo (1900-1976)

Undergarment (Variant State)

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#JP-111568
Kotondo (1900-1976)
Undergarment (Variant State)
Medium:
Woodblock Print
Date:
July, 1929
Size:
18" x 11.75"
Signature:
Kotondo saku with rectangular seal Kotondo
Condition:
Very good color and impression and state, embellished with embossing

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Details

Publisher:
Kawaguchi
Seals:
Carver: Ito, printer: Komatsu and publisher seal Kawaguchi

About the art

This print is a color variant of this design

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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