Kobayakawa Kiyoshi


Styles of Contemporary Make-up: no. 3, Nails
(Kindaijisesho no uchi: san- Tsume)

dated Showa gonen juni gatsu (Showa 5 [1930], 12th month), and signed, Kiyoshi, with artist's rectangular seal Kobayakawa, the title along the bottom margn, Kindaijisesho no uchi, san, tsume, unnumbered limited edition seal at the lower right corner, Hayku mai kagiri zeppan, dai - go (100 limited edition, number -), privately published ca. 1930

naga-oban tate-e 21 by 11 3/4 in., 53.2 by 30 cm

Kobayakawa Kiyoshi was another notable shin-hanga artist who was a student of Kaburaki Kiyokata (1878-1972) and exhibited his Japanese-style paintings with his fellow-students at Kyodokai (Homeland Society) exhibitions as early as 1918. 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 shin-hanga exhibition at Toledo Museum of Art, Modern Japanese Prints: Woodblock Prints by Ten Artists of the Work of the Past Five Years, which built on the success of the landmark 1930 exhibition. This self-published series, Styles of Contemporary Make-up, includes six designs.

Kiyoshi had a clear sense of purpose regarding his designs for woodblock prints, asserting in an article published in March 1935, "I want to depict the society that is changing now--living people, the manners and customs of the environment in front of me. I share this approach with earlier ukiyo-e artists. In fact, I see myself as a ukiyo-e artist, doing the same kind of work." (Ukiyo-e geijutsu 4, no. 3, exerpt translated in Waves of Renewal, p. 201).

Kato Junzo, comp., Kindai Nihon hanga taikei, 1975-76, Vol. III, pl. 71
Amy Reigle Newland, and Hamanaka Shinji, The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties, 2000, no. 191
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, pl. 264-3
Chris Uhlenbeck, Amy Reigle Newland and Maureen de Vries, Waves of Renewal: Modern Japanese Prints, 1900-1960, Selections from the Nihon no hanga Collection, 2016, p. 201

(inv. no. 10-1011)

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