KOTONDO -- Peony Snowflakes

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Artist TORII Kotondo (1900-76)
Title "Peony Snowflakes" ("Botan Yuki")
Date 1931 (Later limited edition of 100 prints, c1980's)
Series na
Publisher Ishukankokai
Seal, Carver/Printer Ito Susumu/Kajikawa Yoshio; watermark
Image Size 9 7/8 x 16
Impression Fine. Superbly executed "bokashi" (gradation of colors) shading throughout; "gaffrage" to areas of red underdarment; nicely over-printed hairlines.
Condition Excellent. (Only very slight blemish on cheek.)
Reference/Illus "The Female Image," Plate #181. Blair's 1936 "Toledo Exhibition," Plate #142.
Comments Amoung Kotondo's lifetime total 21 images (most 1927-33), one of the most sought-after images with umbrealla and large falling snowflakes. Re-strike published as small/immediately sold out edition (100 copies) in the mid-1980's by Ishukankokai Publisher of Tokyo (with red "moneybag" seal).
Item # CG-995
Price $1250 (Sold)