'Bath House Women'
Diptych of Bath House scene with women in their morning routines.
This woodblock diptych print (two sheets) depicts a bath house scene in the day, in a tasteful presentation. It has beautiful, bright colors. This print series was originally published c1786. This later edition dates to c1950. It measures 15.5" high by 10.25" wide for each sheet. This diptych is in very good condition as can be seen in the photos.
Torii Kiyonaga was an extremely stylish artist who belonged to the Torii school. His rise to the top of this school highlights many aspects of Japanese culture within the art world because he wasn’t related to the Torii family. However, despite this he rose to the top after the death of Torii Kiyomitsu who was his teacher and adoptive father. Therefore, biological factors that remain powerful in modern Japan appears not to have been a hindrance in old Japan within the art world. This reality meant that the Torii family focused on reputation and not bloodline. The rich tradition of the Torii family was maintained by Kiyonaga because he would supervise Torii Kiyomine who was the grandson of Kiyomitsu. In time Kiyomine would succeed Kiyonaga and clearly his teaching would prepare him fully.
Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815) 'Bath House Women' Diptych
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