'Two Geishas Strolling'
This print depicts two Geishas strolling on a summer's day. There are geese in flight overhead. The print measures 6.75" x 4.75" and the vintage black frame measures 7.75" x 5.75". The original woodblock print was published c1786. This edition dates to c1930. 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. P552 $45.00