Torii KIYONAGA (1752-1815)



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A fine actor design from a series of at least 31 such degatari prints (showing singing or chanting at a theatre). A scene from Shosa Hatsuhige yakko tanzen, played at the Ichimura-za theatre November 1783. Shows Nakamura Nakazo as Tanzen seated with a fan looking at Onoe Matsusuke as a young lady (in reality a white fox). To the right Ichimura Uzaemon as a yakko. The chanters Tomimoto Buzen-dayu and Tomimoto Itsuki-dayu at the back accompanied by Namizaki Tokuji. Published by Nishimura, 1783. See Hirano, Kyonaga, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, no. 544, pl. LXXX.

 
 

Very good impression and colour. Slight edge soil, otherwise very good condition. Signed Kiyonaga ga.

 
 

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    Torii KIYONAGA (1752-1815)



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    Shows Benkei humourously kneeling to tie his slipper prior to the fight on Gojo Bridge. The story relates how Benkei, of Herculean strength, was subdued by the young Onzoshi Ushiwaka Maru (Yoshitsune) on Gojo Bridge. Benkei was wandering around Kyoto with the intention of relieving 1000 samurai of their swords. One night, with one more sword to go, he saw Yoshitsune playing a flute and wearing a golden sword at the Gojotenjin Shrine. They agreed to fight on Gojo Bridge in southern Kyoto. However, Yoshitsune was too agile for Benkei and had been educated in the secrets of fighting by the tengu. Following Yoshitsune’s victory Benkei became Yoshitsune’s retainer. Published by Nishimura-ya Yohachi.

     
     

    Very good impression. Slight soil and weakening along chain lines, otherwise good condition. Signed Kiyonaga ga.

     
     

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      Torii KIYONAGA (1752-1815)




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      A chuban print showing a woman at a washtub watched by a small child. Another woman is hanging a kimono out to dry. Without any series title but with a scalloped cloud above which may have been intended to have a title. Published c. late 1770s. Rare: Not listed in Hirano, Chie Hirano, Kiyonaga, MFAB, 1939.

       

       

      Superb impression, colour and condition. Possibly a proof impression. Signed Kiyonaga ga.

       

       

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        Torii KIYONAGA (1752-1815)



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        One of the great Ukiyo-e artists exemplifying what is called the classical school. He was a pupil of Kiyomitsu and was adopted by the Torii family, inheritating the estate, and was the last major member of the Torii School. From a set Jittai e-fuzoku, “Ten Forms of Manners in Pictures.”A fine design showing a standing beauty looking down at another girl who is raising herself from a futon. The grey back of a screen daringly cuts the design in two. Published by Takasu Soshichi, c. 1794. Provenance: Ex Vever collection (seal bottom right), sold Sothebys, Vever sale, Part 1, 26/3/1974, lot 165. This actual impression illustrated in the seminal Kiyonaga, Chie Hirano, MFA Boston, no. 969, pl. LXI. Another unidentified collector’s seal au verso. Rare.

         

        Fine impression. Very good colour with yellow ground. Some expert restoration around edge, otherwise very good condition. Signed Kiyonaga ga.

         

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          Torii KIYONAGA (1752–1815)


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          A fine actor design from a series of at least 31 such degatari prints ( showing singing or chanting at a theatre ). A scene from Shosa Hatsuhige yakko tanzen, played at the Ichimura-za theatre, November 1783. Shows Nakamura Nakazo as Tanzen seated with fan looking at Onoe Matsusuke as a young lady ( in reality a white fox ). To the right Ichimura Uzaemon as a yakko. The chanters Tomimoto Buzen-dayu and Tomimoto Itsuki-dayu at the back accompanied by Namizaki Tokuji. Published by Nishimura 1783. See Hirano, Kiyonaga, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, no. 544, pl. LXXX.

          Very good impression and colour. Slight soil, otherwise very good condition. Full size. Signed Kiyonaga ga.

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            Torii KIYONAGA (1752 – 1815)



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            A chubby red Kintaro acting as an umpire for two battling tengu. Other tengu in baskets behind him and at his side a bear also watches. These tengu – winged, beaked and clawed creatures – lived in the mountains and forests. It is narrated that as a toddler he was observed shaking and tearing at a large tree in which there was a nest of tengu fledglings, which he took home in a basket. Kiyonaga designed at least 28 of these Kintaro prints, see Kiyonaga, Chie Hirano, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1939, nos. 979 – 1006 ( this being 1005, PLLXV ). Published by Nishimura, 1812. Rare.

            Very good impression and colour. Minor edge soil and signs of mounting au verso. Signed Kiyonaga hitsu.

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              Torii KIYONAGA (1752-1815)



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              A chuban print showing two geisha, one seated with a loose yukata, the other standing beside her. Choka no sekisho, “The Afterglow of Late Summer” from an early set: Shiki hakkei, “Eight Scenes of the Four Seasons.” Published 1779 by Eiju han. Illustrated in Images of Eighteenth-Century Japan, David Waterhouse, ROM, 1975, no. 95, p. 149 and Hirano, Kiyonaga, Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston, 1939, no. 185 and pl. XVI. ( Chie Hirano is the standard source on Kiyonaga and she illustrates the complete set. )

              Fine impression. Some “turning” of colours, otherwise very good condition. Signed Kiyonaga ga.

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                Katsukawa SHUNCHO(Fl. c 1780-1801



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                The first sheet of a triptych showing travellers on a mountain path – possibly the Tokaido Road. Published by Eijudo (Nishimuraya Yohachi), c 1790. Other impressions in the MFA Boston, acc. no. 21.5953 and the BM, 1910, 0212, 0.439. Little is known of Shuncho’s life. He was a pupil of Shunsho and heavily influenced by Kiyonaga. Probably the greatest exponent of the triptych format and a master of the pillar print format.

                 
                 

                Fine impression. Extremely good colour. Fine condition. Signed Shuncho ga.

                 
                 

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                  Selected Reference Titles

                  Listed here are selected titles of reference books that I refer to most regularly – this is not an exhaustive list!

                   

                  Asano, Shugo and Clark, Timothy, The Passionate Art of Kitagaway Utamaro, Asahi Shimbun, 1995

                  Forrer, Matthi and Goncourt, Edmond de, Hokusai, Rizzoli International Publications, 1988

                  Gentles, Margarent O., The Clarence Buckingham Collection of Japanese Prints, Volume 2 Haranobu, Koryusai,Shigemasa, their followers and contemporaries , The Art Institute of Chicago, 1955

                  Gunsaulus, Helen C., The Clarence Buckingham Collection of Japanese Prints, Volume 1 The Primitives, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1955

                  Hillier, Jack, The uninhibited brush, Japanese Art in the Shijo Style, Hugh M. Moss Ltd, 1974

                  Hillier, Jack, The Art of the Japanese Book, 2 volumes, Southeby Publications, 1987

                  Hirano Chie, Kiyonaga A Study of His Life and Works, Harvard University Press 1939

                  Keyes, Roger, The Art of Surimono, Privately Published Japanese Woodblock Prints and Books in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, Southeby Publications, 1985

                  Keyes, Roger, The Art of Surimono, two volumes, Southeby Publications, 1985

                  Koop, Albert J., and Ianda, Hogitaro, Japanese Names and How to Read Them, Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd., 1923

                  Lane, Richard, Images from the Floating World, The Japanese Print Including a Dictionary of Ukiyo-e, Oxford University Press, 1978

                  Mitchell, C.H., The Illustrated Books of Nanga, Maruyama, Shijo and Other Related Schools of Japan, Dawson’s Book Shop, 1972

                  Robinson, B.W., Kuniyoshi, The Warrior Prints, Phaidon Press, 1982

                  Schaap, Robert, Heroes & Ghosts, Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi 1797 – 1861, Hotei Publishing, 1998

                  Suzuki, Juzo, Utagawa Hiroshige, The Nihon Keizai Shimbun, 1970

                  Tamba, Tsuneo, The Art of Hiroshige, Asahi Shimbun, 1965

                  Turk, Frank A., The Prints of Japan, Arco Publications, 1966

                  Van den Ing, Eric and Schaap, Robert, Beauty & Violence, Japanese Prints by Yoshitoshi 1839 – 1892, Havilland Press, Society for Japanese Arts, 1992

                     

                    Katsukawa SHUNCHO (Fl. c. 1780-1795)


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                    A chuban print showing a group of beauties caught in a downpour on the banks of a river. The centre figure has an umbrella with the publisher’s name Izumi [ya Ichibei] and address Shiba Jinmeimae which was in front of Shiba Daijingu Shrine. One of a set Nana Komachi, “The Seven Komachi,” being episodes in the life of the famous waka poetess Ono no Komachi (c. 825-c. 900). Little is known of Shuncho’s life except that he was a pupil of Katsukawa Shunsho and was then heavily influenced by Kiyonaga. He produced some particularly fine triptychs and pillar prints. Published c. early 1790s.

                     

                    Superb impression, colour and condition: As the day it was printed. Signed Shuncho ga.

                     

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                      Katsukawa SHUNCHO (Fl. c 1780-1801)



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                      An original painting showing a standing beauty inserting a hairpin. An important print artist who produced many fine diptychs and triptychs. Paintings by him are rare. Studied under Shunsho, then Kiyonaga and Shumman. Full colour on silk, 30.75 x 10.5 in; 78 x 26.5 cms. Signed Shien Shuncho with unread seals.

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                        Torii KIYOMINE ( KIYOMITSU II ) (1787-1868)



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                        Beauties on the beach at Kamakura with white cranes. This is an allusion or pastiche ( mitate ) of the story that Minamoto Yoritomo’s favourite amusement was flying cranes with labels attached to their legs requesting those who saw them to report the fact and fly them again. Kiyomine, a pupil of Kiyonaga, used – as here – the Kiyomine signature on his early work, c 1815. Published by Eijudo han ( Nishimura-ya ).

                        Very good impression and colour. Small area repaired wormage, otherwise very good condition. Signed Kiyomine ga.

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                          Artists

                          ( A to Z )

                          Kyogado ASHIKUNI ( Fl. c. 1807 – 1818 )
                          Gigado ASHIYUKI ( Fl. c. 1814 – 1833 )

                          Ki BAITEI ( 1734 – 1810 )
                          Takizawa BAKIN ( 1767 – 1848 )
                          Ono BAKUFU ( 1888 – 1976 )
                          Georges BIGOT ( 1860 – 1927 )
                          Kawamura BUMPO ( 1779 – 1821 )
                          Ippitsusai BUNCHO ( Fl. c. 1765 – 1792 )

                          Toyohara CHIKANOBU ( 1838 – 1912 )
                          Kishi CHIKUDO ( 1826 – 1897 )
                          Tsubaki CHINZAN ( 1801 – 1854 )
                          Eishosai CHOKI ( Fl. c. 1756 – 1808 ). See also SHIKO

                          Rekisentei EIRI ( Fl. c. 1790 – 1800 )
                          Keisai EISEN ( 1790 – 1848 )
                          Hosoda EISHI ( 1756 – 1829 )
                          Hosoda EISHO ( Fl. c. 1780 – 1800 )
                          Ichirakutei EISUI ( Fl. c. 1790 – 1823 )
                          Kikugawa EIZAN ( 1787 – 1867 )

                          Hirano HAKUHO ( 1879 – 1957 )

                          Elizabeth KEITH ( 1887 – 1956 )
                          Imao KEINEN ( 1845 – 1924 )

                          Yashima GAKUTEI ( 1786 – 1868 )
                          Ogata GEKKO ( 1859 – 1920 )
                          Adachi GINKO ( Fl. c. 1847 – 1897 )
                          Matsumura GOSHUN ( 1752 – 1811 )
                          GYOSAI. See Kawanabe KYOSAI

                          Hirano HAKUHO ( 1879 – 1957 )
                          Suzuki HARUNOBU ( 1724 – 1770 )
                          Kawase HASUI ( 1883 – 1957 )
                          Kitagawa HIDEMARO ( Fl. c. early 19th century )
                          Kinoshita HIRONOBU ( Fl. c. 1851 – 1870 )
                          Gosotei HIROSADA ( Fl. c. 1847 – 1863 )
                          Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE ( 1797 – 1858 )
                          Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE II ( 1826 – 1869 )
                          Ando HIROSHIGE III ( 1843 – 1894 )
                          Nakamura HOCHU ( Fl. c. late 18th to early 19th century )
                          Sakai HOITSU ( 1761 – 1828 )
                          Totoya HOKKEI ( 1780 – 1850 )
                          Teisai HOKUBA ( 1771 – 1844 )
                          Shunkosai HOKUEI (Active 1824-1837)
                          Katsushika HOKUGA ( Fl. c. 1830 )
                          Shotei HOKUJU ( Fl. c. 1789 – 1818 )
                          Katsushika HOKUSAI ( 1760 – 1849 ). Also used numerous other names such as: SORI, SHUNRO, SHINSAI
                          Shokosai HOKUSHU ( Fl. c. 1808 – 1832 )

                          KEISAI. See Kitao MASAYOSHI
                          Suzuki KIITSU ( 1796 – 1858 )
                          Kitagawa KIKUMARO ( Fl. c. ? – 1830 ). See TSUKIMARO
                          Kobayashi KIYOCHIKA ( 1847 – 1915 )
                          Torii KIYOHIRO ( Fl. c. 1737 – 1771 )
                          Torii KIYOMASA ( Fl. c. 1700 – 1722 )
                          KIYOMINE. See Torii KIYOMITSU II
                          Torii KIYOMITSU ( 1735 – 1785 )
                          Torii KIYOMITSU II ( 1787 – 1868 ). See KIYOMINE
                          Torii KIYONAGA ( 1752 – 1815 )
                          Torii KIYONOBU ( 1664 – 1729 )
                          Torii KIYONOBU II ( 1706 – 1763 )
                          Torii KIYOTSUNE ( Fl. c. 1757 – 1779 )
                          Isoda KORYUSAI ( Fl. c. 1767 – 1788 )
                          Ohara KOSON ( 1877 – 1945 ). See SHOSON
                          Torii KOTONDO ( 1900 – 1976 )
                          Toyohara KUNICHIKA ( 1835 – 1900 )
                          Utagawa KUNIHIRO ( Fl. c. 1815 – 1843 )
                          Ichiunsai KUNIHISA ( 1832 – 1891 )
                          Utagawa KUNINAO ( 1793 – 1854 )
                          Utagawa KUNISADA ( 1786 – 1865 )
                          Utagawa KUNISADA II ( 1823 – 1880 )
                          Utagawa KUNISATO ( ? – 1858 )
                          Utagawa KUNITERU ( 1808 – 1876 )
                          KUNITERU. See Utagawa SADASHIGE
                          Utagawa KUNITERU II ( 1829 – 1874 )
                          Utagawa KUNIYASU ( 1794 – 1832 )
                          Ichiyusai KUNIYOSHI ( 1797 – 1861 )
                          Santo KYODEN. See Kitao MASANOBU
                          Kawanabe KYOSAI ( 1831 – 1889 ). See GYOSAI

                          Okumura MASANOBU ( 1686 – 1764 )
                          KitaoMASANOBU ( 1761 – 1816 ). See Santo KYODEN
                          Kitao MASAYOSHI ( 1764 – 1824 ). See KEISAI
                          Oishi MATORA ( 1794 – 1833 )
                          Hishikawa MORONOBU ( Fl. c. 1618 – 1694 )

                          Nishimura NANTEI ( 1775 – 1834 )
                          Utagawa NOBUKATSU ( Fl. c. 1830 – 1844 )
                          Watanabe NOBUKAZU ( Fl. c. late 19th century )

                          Hishikawa RYUKOKU ( Fl. c. 1808 – 1816 )
                          Jokei RYUKOSAI ( Fl. 1772 – 1816 )

                          Gokitei SADAFUSA ( Fl. c. 1825 – 1850 )
                          Hasegawa SADAHARU ( Fl. c. 1830 – 1844 )
                          Gokotei SADAKAGE ( Fl. c. 1818 – 1844 )
                          Utagawa SADAHIDE ( 1807 – 1873 )
                          Hasegawa SADANOBU ( 1809 – 1879 )
                          Utagawa SADASHIGE ( Fl. c. mid 19th century ). See KUNITERU
                          Gofutei SADATORA ( Fl. c. 1825 )
                          Yamaguchi SHIGEHARU ( 1803 – 1853 )
                          Kitao SHIGEMASA ( 1739 – 1820 )
                          Nishimura SHIGENAGA ( 1697 ? – 1756 )
                          Nishimura SHIGENOBU ( Fl. c. 1724 – 1735 )
                          SHIKO. See Eishosai CHOKI
                          Ryuryukyo SHINSAI ( 1764 – 1820 )
                          Ito SHINSUI ( 1898 – 1972 )
                          Kojima SHOGETSU ( Fl. c. 1880 – 1890 )
                          SHOSON. See Ohara KOSON
                          Takahashi SHOTEI ( 1871 – 1945 )
                          Yamamoto SHOUN ( 1870 – 1965 )
                          Yamakawa SHUHO ( 1898 – 1944 )
                          Katsukawa SHUNCHO ( Fl. c. 1780 – 1795 )
                          Takehara SHUNCHOSAI ( Fl. c. 1772 – 1801 )
                          Katsukawa SHUN’EI ( 1762 – 1819 )
                          Katsukawa SHUNKO ( 1743 – 1812 )
                          Hishikawa SHUNKYO ( Fl. c. early 19th century )
                          Kubo SHUNMAN ( 1757 – 1820 )
                          Katsukawa SHUNSEN ( Fl. c. 1762 – 1830 )
                          Natori SHUNSEN ( 1886 – 1960 )
                          Gatoken SHUNSHI ( Fl. c. 1820 – 1828 )
                          Katsukawa SHUNSHO ( 1726 – 1792 )
                          Katsukawa SHUNTEI ( 1770 – 1820 )
                          Katsukawa SHUNZAN ( Fl. c. 1782 – 1798 )
                          Yamaguchi SOKEN ( 1759 – 1834 )

                          Ikeno TAIGA ( 1723 – 1776 )
                          Katsukawa TERUSHIGE ( Fl. c. 1715 – 1725 )
                          Mori TETSUZAN (1775-1841)
                          Migita TOSHIHIDE ( 1863 – 1925 )
                          Mizuno TOSHIKATA ( 1866 – 1908 )
                          Okumura TOSHINOBU ( Fl. c. 1717 – 1750 )
                          Utagawa TOYOHARU ( 1735 – 1814 )
                          Utagawa TOYOHIRO ( 1773 – 1828 )
                          Utagawa TOYOKUNI ( 1769 – 1825 )
                          Utagawa TOYOKUNI II ( 1777 – 1835 ). See TOYOSHIGE
                          Yamamura TOYONARI ( 1885 – 1942 )
                          Ishikawa TOYONOBU ( 1711 – 1785 )
                          TOYOSHIGE. See Utagawa TOYOKUNI II
                          TSUKIMARO. See Kitagawa KIKUMARO
                          Kitano TSUNETOMI ( 1880 – 1947 )

                          Toyokawa UMEKUNI ( Fl. c. 1816 – 1826 )
                          Kitagawa UTAMARO ( 1753 – 1806 )
                          Kitagawa UTAMARO II ( ? – 1831 )

                          Inoue YASUJI ( 1864 – 1889 )
                          Hiroshi YOSHIDA ( 1876 – 1950 )
                          Ipposai YOSHIFUJI ( 1828 – 1887 )
                          Utagawa YOSHIIKU ( 1833 – 1904 )
                          Utagawa YOSHIKATA ( Fl. c. 1841 – 1864 )
                          Utagawa YOSHIKAZU ( Fl. c. 1850 – 1870 )
                          Toyokawa YOSHIKUNI ( Fl. c. 1803 – 1840 )
                          Utagawa YOSHIMUNE ( 1817 – 1880 )
                          Ichiyosai YOSHITAKI ( 1841 – 1899 )
                          Utagawa YOSHITORA ( Fl. c. 1850 – 1880 )
                          Taiso YOSHITOSHI ( 1839 – 1892 )
                          Utagawa YOSHITSURU ( Fl. c. 1840 – 1850 )
                          Ichieisai YOSHITSUYA ( 1822 – 1866 )
                          Mori YOSHIYUKI ( 1835 – 1879 )

                          Shibata ZESHIN ( 1807 – 1891 )