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Onatsu Kyōran

Oda Tomiya (1896-1990)

Japanese Color Offset Lithograph

Onatsu Kyōran (Onatsu's Madness)

by Oda Tomiya, c. 1914-1921

Snow at Kinkaku Temple from the series New Selection of Noted Places of Kyoto

IHL Cat. #1871

About This Print

An illustration for the story Onatsu Kyōran (Onatsu's Madness) which tells the tale of a young woman gone mad by the loss of her lover.  Beneath the image is a descriptive caption, partially transcribed below. I do not know if this illustration was for Tsubouchi Shōyō's 坪內逍遙 (1859-1935) 1914 reworking of this 17th-century story by Ihara Saikaku 井原西鶴 (1642-1693) for the kabuki stage or for a Taishō era serialized version of the original story.

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向ひ通ろは淸十郞ぢやないかいな...
笠が似たとて淸十郞ちはの...

While the artist Oda Tomiya turned to painting in his later life, he is best remembered for his illustrations, both in color and black and white for popular novels during the Taishō era.


About Taishō-Era Bijinga Kuchi-e

Kendall Brown identifies the "golden age" of bijin kuchi-e, illustrations of beautiful women appearing in Taisho-era popular magazines, as the period between 1914 and 1921, with the genre continuing into the 1930s.

For more information on this genre and popular magazines of the period see the article Bijin Kuchi-e and Taisho-Era Popular Magazines on this website. 

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #1787
 Title or Description  お夏狂亂 Onatsu Kyōran (Onatsu's madness)
 Artist  Oda Tomiya (1896-1990)
 Signature
 小田富彌筆 as printed in top margin
 signature and seal in upper right of print
 Seal  stylized red seal as shown above
 Publication Date  c. 1914-1921
 Publisher  unknown
 Printer
 unknown
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent
 Genre  bijin kuchi-e
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  
 H x W Paper 
 7 9/16 x 10 in. (19.2 x 25.4 cm)
 Literature 
 
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