FUJIYA IZAEMON (Torii Kotondo)

N.1 painting on shikishi
Year: 1950 ca.
Condition: good
Size: 24 x 27 cm



Refined painting on shikishi (色紙) board, made by the famous artist Torii Kotondo (鳥居言人) and depicting Fujiya Izaemon (藤屋伊左衛門), son of an important Osaka merchant and romantic protagonist of the kabuki play “Love Letters from the Pleasure Quarters” (廓文章). The man is portrayed with a very fair complexion, which emphasizes his handsomeness, and wears a kimono (着物) embroidered with passages from a love letter, stitched in gold and silver thread.

Torii Kotondo (1900 – 1976), also known as Torii Kiyotada V (五代目鳥居清忠), was a painter and woodblock printer. In his artistic career he has partly followed the tradition of the Torii school (鳥居派), creating works depicting actors and, in general, connected to the productions of kabuki (歌舞伎) theater. But, nowadays, his most celebrated works are the pictures of beautiful women made in the style of the “new prints” shin-hanga (新版画).

The work, despite the right signs of aging including slight stains, is in overall good condition.