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Torii Kotondo, 1900-1976
Lip Rouge

a profile bust portrait of a beauty applying rouge to her lips against a background of grey swirling baren marks with bokashi darkening towards the upper edge; signed Kotondo ga with artist's green circular seal Torii Kotondo; the second design published by Ikeda Tomizo in a limited edition of 100, ca. January 1932
dai oban tate-e 18 7/8 by 11 5/8 in., 48 by 29.5 cm
Published (this impression):
Reigle Neland, Amy, and Hamanaka Shinji, The Female Image: 20th century prints of Japanese beauties, 2000, no. 179
Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Exhibition of Torii Kotondo, the 100th anniversary of his birth, The Works of Torii Kiyotada VIII, 2000, p. 45, pl. 89
Reigle Neland, Amy, gen. ed., Printed to Perfection: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, 2004, p. 115, no. 107
Andreas Marks, Seven Masters: 20th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2015, p. 198, no. 141, and p. 264 (regarding date and edition)

price: $ 9,500