Art on Tuesday: Morning Hair

Kotondo_MorningHair

This beautiful picture was painted by Torii Kotondo (1900-1976) in 1932. He was very famous for his many bijin-ga . The title of this ukiyo e is Morning Hair asa negami (朝寝髪). It’s number of prints was limited to approximately 30 copies. One cannot believe, that this ukiyo e was banned in the 1930’s. The comb in the right corner of the painting was understood as salacious by the authorities, so that Torii Kotondo had to destroy the original woodblock,  and most of the copies were confiscated by the police.

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