Commemorative Torii Kotondo Prints - After Kotondo's death, with the permission of his heirs, the venerable publisher Ishukankokai produced a limited edition set of 12 Kotondo beauty designs. Only 100 sets were produced. 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, handmade paper printed with the same colors and mica detail as Kotondo's originals. Today, Kotondo works are almost impossible to find in the market. These lovely Ishukankokai prints offer a terrific way to acquire these timeless Kotondo beauty portraits.
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.
Publisher - Ishukankokai, with red moneybag seal
Carver/Printer - Ito Susumu/Watanabe Yoshiaki
With original presentation folder - This 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.
Artist - Torii Kotondo (1900 - 1976)
Image Size - 16" x 10" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Light toning, spotting. Please see photos for details.
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