Bijin bowed in prayer (untitled)

Igawa Sengai (1876-1961)
 

 Japanese Color Lithograph and/or Photo Offset Print

Bijin bower in prayer (untitled)

by Kondō Shiun, c . 1915-1920

Ichikawa Sanshō in the role of Soga Gorō in the Play Uirō from the series Collection of Creative Print Portraits by Shunsen


IHL Cat. #1797

About This Print

This kuchi-e with its characteristic tri-fold from being inserted in a book or magazine either illustrated a story or served as a promotional frontispiece.  From 1915 to the early 1920s, when this print was likely created, hundreds, if not thousands, of illustrations by well-known and little-known artists appeared in mass market popular culture magazines targeted at women such as Bungei kurabu 文芸俱楽部 (Literary Club, 1895-1933), Kōdan kurabo 講談倶楽部 (Kōdan Club, 1911-1946), Kōdan zasshiFujokai (Women's World, 1910-1952)Jogaku sekai 女学世界 (The World of Women's Learning, c. 1901-1913), Shufunotomo 主婦之友 (The Housewifes' Friend, 1917-?).  By the 1920s, most of the illustrations were reproduced by lithography and/or photo-offset printing (distinctive half-tone dot patterns are visible in all areas or portions of the print) rather than woodblock.

Unfortunately most kuchi-e have become separated from the original magazines or novels they were inserted in, making it impossible to determine what they may have been illustrating.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1797
 Title or Description Bijin in bowed in prayer  (untitled)
 Magazine unknown
 Artist 
 Kondō Shiun (fl. c. 1915– 1940)
 Signature 

紫雲

 Seal sealed 紫雲 Shiun (see above)
 Publication Date c. 1915-1920
 Edition 
 Publisher unknown
 Printer unknown
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - toning and some soiling
 Miscellaneous 
 Genre bijinga; kuchi-e 雑誌
 Format 
 H x W Paper 11 7/8 x 8 13/16 in. (30.2 x 22.4 cm)
 Collections This Print 
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