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Tsunetomi Kitano - 1880-1947

Item # 62948 - Girl in Kabuki Kimono - Sold for $500 - 2/8/2015
A girl wearing kimono with kabuki actors patterns.

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By Tsunetomi Kitano 1880-1947

Tsunetomi Kitano had made himself a name as a great artist of bijin-ga, images of beautiful women. He was a dominating figure in the art scene of Osaka in the first half of the twentieth century.

Apprenticeship with a Woodblock Carver

Tsunetomi Kitano was born in Kanazawa Prefecture under the real name of Tomitaro.

In 1901 he moved to Osaka and became a student of Ineno Toshitsune to study Nihon-ga - Japanese-style painting and traditional printmaking. Toshitsune had been a pupil of the great Meiji artist Yoshitoshi. Tsunetomi Kitano had a job as an illustrator for a local Osaka newspaper. This gave him a secure income.

Bijinga - Images of Beautiful Women

Tsunetomi soon became the dominant painter and printmaker for bijinga - images of beautiful women - in Osaka. Kitano had developed a style of his own - traditional and modern at the same time. The woman designs of Tsunetomi Kitano are reduced to the essentials. His art prints are the opposite of lush decorations. Somehow they look like the artist wanted to save on color and pencil strokes.

Maybe this is the reason why these prints are so appealing to art lovers of our time.

The Art Teacher Tsunetomi Kitano

In 1924 Tsunetomi Kitano established an art school and publishing firm with the name of Hakuyodo. Among his students were Chigusa Kotani and Shima Seien.

More Tsunetomi Kitano Prints

No doubt, collectors of Japanese prints know him usually only for one print, his contribution to Supplements to the Complete Works of Chikamatsu. The print is known as Heroine Umekawa or Woman in Snow. However this is not the only woodcut print by the artist. But all others are indeed rather rare. Here are a few more that we sold since 2001.

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Item # 60243 - Ukiyo-e Faces - Beauty by Harunobu - Sold for $280 - 5/4/2014
From the series, "Ukiyo-e no Kao" (The Face of Ukiyo-e). Tsunetomi's rendition of a beauty by Harunobu Suzuki.
Tsunetomi had a unique, elegant and subtle style. He did not produce many works and his prints are rare.
By Tsunetomi Kitano 1880-1947
Item # 60242 - Ukiyo-e Faces - Kabuki actor by Kiyonaga - Sold for $220 - 4/20/2014
From the series, "Ukiyo-e no Kao" (The Face of Ukiyo-e). Tsunetomi's rendition of a kabuki actor by the early Edo master Kiyonaga Torii.
Tsunetomi had a unique, elegant and subtle style. He did not produce many works and his prints are rare.
By Tsunetomi Kitano 1880-1947
Item # 60240 - Ukiyo-e Faces - Kabuki actor by Shunei - Sold for $340 - 4/10/2014
From the series, "Ukiyo-e no Kao" (The Face of Ukiyo-e). Tsunetomi's rendition of a kabuki actor by Shun'ei Katsukawa.
Tsunetomi had a unique, elegant and subtle style. He did not produce many works and his prints are rare.
By Tsunetomi Kitano 1880-1947
Item # 60239 - Ukiyo-e Faces - Beauty by Eisen - Sold for $420 - 4/10/2014
From the series, "Ukiyo-e no Kao" (The Face of Ukiyo-e). Tsunetomi's rendition of the decadent beauty by Keisai Eisen.
Tsunetomi had a unique, elegant and subtle style. He did not produce many works and his prints are rare.
By Tsunetomi Kitano 1880-1947
Item # 60238 - Ukiyo-e Faces - Kabuki Actor by Sharaku - Sold for $420 - 4/3/2014
From the series, "Ukiyo-e no Kao" (The Face of Ukiyo-e). Tsunetomi's rendition of a Kabuki actor by the enigmatic genius Sharaku.
Tsunetomi had a unique, elegant and subtle style. He did not produce many works and his prints are rare.
By Tsunetomi Kitano 1880-1947
Item # 60236 - Ukiyo-e Faces - Beauty by Utamaro - Sold for $850 - 3/23/2014
From the series, "Ukiyo-e no Kao" (The Face of Ukiyo-e). Tsunetomi's rendition of the beauty by Utamaro.
Tsunetomi had a unique, elegant and subtle style. He did not produce many works and his prints are rare.
By Tsunetomi Kitano 1880-1947
Item # 60234 - Ukiyo-e Faces - Beauty by Matahei - Sold for $340 - 3/27/2014
From the series, "Ukiyo-e no Kao" (The Face of Ukiyo-e). Tsunetomi's rendition of the beauty by the legendary ukiyo-e master Matahei (fl.ca.1620 - 80).
Tsunetomi had a unique, elegant and subtle style. He did not produce many works and his prints are rare.
By Tsunetomi Kitano 1880-1947
Item # 59366 - Complete Works of Chikamatsu - Heroine Umekawa - Sold for $460 - 12/8/2013
From the supplement of "Dai Chikamatsu Zenshu" ("The complete Works of Chikamatsu"). The heroine Umekawa in the play "Meido no Hikyaku".
Tsunetomi had a unique, elegant and subtle style. He did not produce many works and his prints are rare.
By Tsunetomi Kitano 1880-1947

Literature sources used for this Tsunetomi Kitano biography

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