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Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)
Kotondo was born in Nihonbashi, Tokyo in 1900. His original name was Shin. He studied the style and technique of the Torii School of printmaking under the guidance of his father, Kiyotada IV, the seventh master of the Torii School which specialized in art created for the kabuki theaters of Tokyo. He also studied bijinga (the art of painting beautiful women) under the tutelage of the great 20th century master of the subject, Kaburaki Kiyokata. At the age of 15, Kotondo began illustrating Engeki Gaho (Theatrical Illustrated Magazine), and in 1929, he succeeded his father and became the eighth master of the Torii School. From 1929 through 1935, Kotondo's focus was on prints of Showa beauties, which were published by Sakai/Kawaguchi and Ikeda. Additionally he produced many bijinga paintings using the name Kotondo. One of his paintings was accepted into the Nitten exhibition of 1952. Later Kotondo taught theatrical art classes at the Nihon University from 1966 until 1972. Over the course of his career he used four different art names: Kotondo, Masahiko, Kiyonobu, and Kiyotada V. He died in 1976.

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