Lip Rouge

by Torii Kotondo (1900 - 1976)

Current Status

Lip Rouge by Torii Kotondo (1900 - 1976)

Torii Kotondo (1900 - 1976)
Lip Rouge
Ishukankokai Published Commemorative

Commemorative Kotondo Prints - With the permission of Kotondo's heirs, a single small commemorative runs of his prints was produced by the venerable publisher Ishukankokai. These reprints were produced to the same exacting standard as Kotondo's originals. Expert carvers were contracted to produce the highest quality wood blocks and printers meticulously reprinted Kotondo's originals with the same attention to quality and detail. These reprints are on beautiful, hand made paper printed with the same colors and mica detail as Kotondo's originals.

Torii Kotondo, 20th century master - Torii Kotondo was a native of Tokyo. He 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 the beauty print. Kotondo's prints are considered some of the most stunning beauty designs and great masterworks of the 20th century wood block print tradition. His output of beauty prints was a very small (22 works total), and the number of prints produced of each image was also small. Original Kotondo prints are very rare and highly sought after by collectors today. His best images easily exceed $10,000 in the Japanese print market.

After Kotondo's death, with the permissions of his heirs, the venerable publisher Ishukankokai produced a limited edition set of 12 Kotondo beauty designs. Only 100 sets were produced. These fantastic Kotondo designs were again available in strictly limited quantity for collectors to enjoy. Today, once again, Kotondo works are almost impossible to find in the market, including these Ishukankokai prints.

Search the net, we found only a few of these prints offered, and sold for as much as $2,000 each. As always, at Fuji Arts our prices are a fraction of those prices offering you unsurpassed quality and value.

Lip Rouge - One of Kotondo's most famous print portraits and a lovely beauty image by any measure. This print is reminiscent of Utamaro’s beauty in the mirror prints and a direct reference to those ukiyo-e masterworks. The young woman is looking away from the viewer into a stand mirror and applying rich red lip rouge, to her lower lip. Her shoulders are revealed with her kimono collar falling away from her neck- a sensual view. The rich red of her outer kimono and of the rouge in the flat dish is in beautiful contrast the soft gray of the background. The background printed utilizing the circular marks of the baren for lovely texture. The mirror printed with a soft, shimmering mica -- an excellent effect.

Signed - Kotondo-ga
Seal - Kotondo
Publisher - Ishukankokai, with red moneybag seal
Carver/Printer - Ito Susumu/Watanabe Yoshiaki
Image size - 10 1/4" x 16 1/8"
Sheet size - 13" x 19"
Condition - This print in pristine condition overall, excellent with no issues to report. Fine color, excellent detail, a top-notch printing job. Full margins, not backed. No holes, tears, damage, repairs, or any issues to report. An excellent choice for the discerning collector. 

With original presentation folder - Each print is being sold with its original presentation folder. The prints are stored in a beautiful inner folder with paper surround and protective liner and a heavy outer folder with subject and series titles in Japanese. See example photo below for the type of folders you will get with your print.
Lip Rouge by Torii Kotondo (1900 - 1976)
Lip Rouge by Torii Kotondo (1900 - 1976)
Lip Rouge by Torii Kotondo (1900 - 1976)