Kotondo: Japanese Apricot Tree in the Night

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Artist: Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)
Title: Japanese Apricot Tree at Night
Date: 1934

A formally attired beauty admires the snow-covered apricot blossoms to her right as she passes a wooden lantern, perhaps on her way to a dinner party. Apricots bloom during the darkest days of winter, so they must be quite remarkable amidst the somber winter landscape. Her outer cloak covers her elaborately tied obi, which creates the bundle on her back seen beneath the green outer garment. This is one of Kotondo’s most scarce designs and it appears only rarely on the market. From a limited edition of 72/100; seal verso.

Publisher: Ikeda Tomizo
Literature: The Female Image, plate 186.
Condition: Excellent impression. Very good color and condition. Area of narrow repaired wormage in the grey background.
Signature: Kotondo ga