Kobayakawa Kiyoshi, Tipsy

Kobayakawa Kiyoshi, 1896-1948

Styles of Contemporary Make-up: no. 1, Tipsy
(Kindaijisesho no uchi: ichi, Horoyoi)

signed and dated Showa gonnen nigatsu (Showa 5 [1930], 2nd month) Kobayakawa Kiyoshi with artist's bird seal Kobayakawa, the title on the bottom margin, Kindaijisesho no uchi, ichi-Horoyoi), with limited edition seal at lower left, Hyaku mai kagiri zeppan, dai ni go (100 limited edition, number 2), privately published, the blocks carved by Takano Shichinosuke and printed by Ono Tomisaburo, 1930

naga-oban tate-e 21 by 12 in., 53.2 by 30.5 cm

Kobayakawa Kiyoshi moved to Tokyo from Fukuoka Prefecture as a teenager. He studied under Kaburaki Kiyokata (1878-1972) and exhibited his Japanese-style paintings with his fellow-students at Kyodokai (Homeland Society) exhibitions. He won awards at national competitive exhibitions such as Teiten and Bunten. In the 1920s Kiyoshi became interested in ukiyo-e, and began collecting prints in order to study them. He produced a total of thirteen prints in his career, twelve of which were included in the 1936 show at the Toledo Museum of Art, Modern Japanese Prints. This series, Styles of Contemporary Make-up, includes six designs.

Kato Junzo, comp., Kindai Nihon hanga taikei, 1975-76, Vol. III, pl. 73
Amy Reigle Stephens, gen. ed., The New Wave: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, 1993, pp. 176-177, pl. 220
AMy Reigle Newland, and Hamanaka Shinji, The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties, 2000, p. 141, pl. 189
Nihon no hanga III 1921-1930, Toshi to onna to hikari to kage to (Japanese Prints III, 1921-1930: Cities and Women, Lights and Shadows), Chiba City Museum of Art, 2001, p. 122, 264-1
Kendall H. Brown and Sharon A. Minichiello, Taisho Chic: Japanese Modernity, Nostalgia, and Deco, Honolulu Academy of Arts, 2003, pp. 34-35, no. 2
Amy Reigle Newland, gen. ed., Printed to Perfection: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 2004, p. 95, no. 81


limited edition seal,
numbered 2/100


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