Ishikawa Toraji (1875-1964)
A naked woman is sits on a round red carpet on the floor, leafing through an illustrated ehon book with ukiyo-e prints. Behind her, a calico cat is sleeping, stretched out and relaxed.
Title:Tsurezure (Leisure Time)
Series:Rajo jûsshu (Ten types of female nudes).
Signature: Ishikawa, (signed by hand in ink). Seal: Tora
Engraver: Yamagishi Kazue. Printer: Matsuzaki Keisaburô
Publisher: Ryoku-usô Gashitsu (i.e. self-published)
Original Japanese colour woodblock print. Size: 30 x 37,9 cm (image), 37,5 x 48 cm (overall)
Very nice crisp impression and colours. The grey background is printed with silvery shimmering mica. Watermark Ishikawa Toraji at lower left margin. Wide margins. Paper a little bit wavy and creased, at upper corners two usual small drying holes. Overall very good condition. One of best images in the series. Slightly later lifetime impression.
Ill. in: Smith, The Japanese Print Since 1900, London 1983, fig. 67; Hamanaka/Reigle Newland, The Female Image, Tokyo/Leiden 2000, p. 168, fig. 244. Catalogue Koichi Museum of Art, Ishikawa Toraji ten, 2002, fig. 234-9. British Museum 1981,0525,0.1; San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts 1986.1.48.