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a nude towel-dries her hair while seated on an upholstered stool in a modern bathroom, her gaze out of the corner of her eyes meets the viewer’s; with artist’s watermark in the lower right corner, Ishikawa Toraji, the blocks carved by Yamagishi Kazue; published by the artist, ca. 1934-35
obaiban tate-e 19 1/8 by 14 7/8 in., 48.7 by 37.7 cm
Keyblock proofs were produced for multiple purposes: in traditional woodblock print production the black outline proofs were primarily used to actually make the color blocks- subsequently destroying the proof while carving the block. Keyblock proofs from the 18th and 19th century are relatively unusual, and often those that have survived are from obscure designs that never made into production.
References (for full-color print):
Kato Junzo, comp. Kindai Nihon hanga taikei, 1975-76, Vol. III, no. 61
Kendall H. Brown, Light and Darkness: Women in Japanese Prints of Early Showa (1926-1945), 1996, p., 74, cat no. 85
Amy Reigle Newland & Hamanaka Shinji, The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties, 2000, p. 170, no. 238