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Kotondo was born under the real name of Saito Akira in Tokyo. At the age of 15 he was adopted by Torii Kiyotada, head of the Torii family and also known as Torii VII. The famous Torri family has been active in the printmaking business for at least two centuries. Thus Kotondo could call himself Torii VIII after 1941 and later Kiyotada V after his father Kiyotada/Torii VII had died.

Kotondo first studied with Kobori Tomone. When Kotondo was 17 years old, he entered the painting and printmaking school of Kiyokata Kaburagi. Kiyokata Kaburagi's studio was the place where many of the famous Shin Hanga artists like Kawase Hasui or Ito Shinsui received their major art training

Torii Kotondo made all together 21 bijin-ga - prints depicting beautiful women. They were designed by the artist in the late 1920s and the early 1930s. Publishers were Sakai-Kawaguchi, Kawaguchi and later Ikeda. Some of the designs like Woman wearing a beautiful obi were printed in several color variations.

Kotondo is renowned for his paintings and woodblock prints of beautiful women. Due to his superb carving and printing he has been compared to Goyo an Shinsui.

Kotondo's woodblock prints have a luminous softness to them.

His paintings are quite rare.

Washing the Hair

Peony Snow

Yuki: Snow

Ame: Rain

Cool Summer Evening

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