Torii Kotondo


Combing her hair

with blue bokashi background of baren sujizuri; signed Kotondo ga, with artist's bird seal (Torii), Kamisuki (hair combing) embossed in lower margin, with publisher's limited edition cartouche on verso, Ikeda hanken shoyu, hyaku mai kagiri zeppan, -- kai dai -- go (copyright Ikeda, edition limited to 100, -- printing, -- number), with artist's seal Kotondo, ca. 1933

dai oban tate-e 18 3/4 by 11 3/4 in., 47.5 by 29.7 cm

This impression compares closely with the impressions illustrated in Kindai Nihon hanga taikei and The Female Image- with the dramatic gradation of the bokashi and baren sujizuri (swirls) and the use of silver mica on her ring. In contrast, the impression illustrated on the cover of the Beniya catalogue has a darker bokashi background without significant baren swirls, touches of pink on the blossoms of the yukata, and yellow mica on the ring.

Kat˘, Junz˘, comp.,Kindai Nihon hanga taikei, 1975-76, Vol. 3, pl. 112
Reigle Stephens, Amy, gen. ed., The New Wave, 1993, p. 203, pl. 270
Gallery Beniya, Torii Kotondo, 1995, p. 11, no. 2, and cover
Reigle Newland, Amy, and Hamanaka Shinji, The Female Image, 2000, p. 137, pl. 184

price: Sold

Torii Kotondo

limited edition seal


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