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Torii Kiyonobu
Edo Hishikawa and Torii printmaker
Japanese, (1664–1729) F.N.: Shobei.
Ukiyo-e painter and printmaker, born in Osaka. Son of Torii Kiyomoto. He moved to Edo in 1687 with his father, who he studied under. He was greatly influenced by Hishikawa Moronobu and the Kaigetsudo. With the family tradition as painters of Kabuki posters, it is natural that his prints, black-lined and hand-colored, are largely of scenes from plays and of actors. Regarded as the founder of the Torii school, with its close relationship to the theatre, which dominated the print field for nearly 75 years until the appearance of Katsukawa Shunsho. In 1700 he published two great books of prints: "Furyu Yomo no Byobu" and "Keisei Ehon." His paintings are very rare. His style, noted for its dramatic and powerful sweep of line, was particularly suited to the "kamban." (Roberts, 83). He is said to have first been a designer of the large posters or signboards placed outside theatres, and also to have invented the style of scenery still in vogue on the Japanese stage. (Stewart, 38).

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