no. 5, Glossy Black Hair
By Kobayakawa Kiyoshi
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Edition size: 4/100
Sheet size: 53.2 by 30.7 cm
Price: $11000 (excl. taxes)
From the series "Styles of Contemporary Make-up"
the kneeling nude with a small towel draped across her lap while combing her long black hair, signed and dated Showa rokunen ni gatsu (Showa 6 , 2nd month), Kiyoshi with artist's seal Kobayakawa, the title along the lower margin, Kindaijisesho no uchi go Kurokami, and limited edition seal, Hyaku mai kagiri zeppan, dai shi go (100 limited edition, number 4), privately published, the blocks carved by Takano Shichinosuke and printed by Ono Tomisaburo
naga-oban tate-e 21 by 12 1/8 in., 53.2 by 30.7 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.