Summer Kimono, Iris (Shobu Yakuta)

by Torii Kotondo (1900 - 1976)

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Summer Kimono, Iris (Shobu Yakuta) by Torii Kotondo (1900 - 1976)

Original Torii Kotondo (1900 - 1976) Japanese Woodblock Print
Summer Kimono, Iris (Shobu Yakuta)

Torii Kotondo - A native of Tokyo, Torii Kotondo was one of the great shin-hanga masters who excelled in the art of the beauty print. Prints such as his exquisite nude "Kamisuki," the demure beauty in the print titled "Sash," and his lovely image of a young woman in winter in "Peony Snowflakes" are all classic examples of Kotondo's mastery of bijin-ga. Kotondo's prints are considered some of the most stunning beauty designs and great masterworks of the 20th century woodblock print tradition. His output of prints was a very small (22 works total), and the number of prints produced of each image was also limited. Original Kotondo prints are very rare and highly sought after by collectors today.

Comments - Lovely, classic Kotondo design of a young beauty in a light summer cotton kimono, kneeling on a pillow in front of chest with a mirror as she arranges her hair. Her iris print kimono features embossed lines, tied with a red obi bordered with pale green, the red color echoed in the powder brush and makeup container on the chest and the hairpin. A beautiful original Kotondo design.

Artist - Torii Kotondo (1900 - 1976)

Image Size - 16 1/4" x 10" + margins as shown

Condition - Excellent color and detail. Faint spotting on backround and margins at upper right, a few creases near edges.

Summer Kimono, Iris (Shobu Yakuta) by Torii Kotondo (1900 - 1976)
Summer Kimono, Iris (Shobu Yakuta) by Torii Kotondo (1900 - 1976)