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Springtime of Life (Youth) - Ishikawa Toraji prints
Springtime of Life (Youth) - Ishikawa Toraji prints
Springtime of Life (Youth) - Ishikawa Toraji prints

Springtime of Life (Youth)

By Ishikawa Toraji

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Springtime of Life (Youth) - Ishikawa Toraji print

Ishikawa Toraji

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Date: 1934

Medium: woodblock

Edition size: n/a

Sheet size: 48.4 by 37.5 cm

Condition: excellent

Signature: signed

Price: $3500 (excl. taxes)


From the series "Ten Types of Female Nudes" this print also comes with keyblock proof.

a nude moga (modern girl) stands before a red lacquer vanity, the entire grey background embellished with mica, she adjusts her short pin curls and a blue flower at the nape of her neck; signed in sumi ink Ishikawa with artist's red seal Tora, block carver's seal at lower left margin, Yamagishi Kazue to, and with artist's watermark on bottom margin, Ishikawa Toraji; published by the artist (first edition), ca. 1934-35

obaiban tate-e 19 by 14 3/4 in., 48.4 by 37.5 cm
keyblock proof 18 7/8 by 14 5/8 in., 48 by 37.3 cm

This thoroughly modern beauty regards herself boldly while standing before a half-length mirror within an interior that is furnished in a noticeably Western style. With his obvious embrace of the moga (modern girl) with crimped and bobbed hair all lounging in cozy settings decorated with upholstered cushions with tufts, ruffles and fringes, and plush throw rugs or wallpapered walls, the Ten Types of Female Nudes series caught the attention of the Japanese authorities when it was released in 1934. It may not have been just the fact that the figures were nudes, but that they were decidedly not traditional Japanese women in a traditional Japanese setting that made the series stand out. As a result, the government banned the series as part of a campaign for the National Spiritual Mobilization Movement (Kokumin Seishin sodoin

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