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Magnificent Bondage Painting – Tied Woman And Her Abductors – 

Ito Seiu – Kinbaku – Shibari – 1940s.

 

 

Description:

Original Japanese color painting by Ito Seiu (1882-1961). Ink and color on paper (paper is attached to original carton backing).
Kinbaku style. Date: 1940s. Size: 9 1/2” x 10 2/3” inches. Signed and sealed by the artist.

Title: ‘Bancho Sarayashiki’. Minor marks and flaws otherwise in a wonderful state. Includes original presentation folder which
has some minor wear and tear.

A spectacular bondage scene portraying a tied up woman hanging above a well. One of her capturers is using the rope to pull
her up from the water while the other threatens to cut the rope with his sword.

 

 

Ito Seiu - Rare Sado Erotic Painting - Kinbaku - Bondage - 1940s.

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A masterful shocking piece from the great Ito Seiu !

 

 


 

Biography > Ito Seiu

In the history of Sado-Masochism in Japan, there's one man who stands out for creating a solid basis for the SM genre as an art form. Ito Hajime (1882-1961), son of a sculptor, was born in the Asakusa, a working class district in Tokyo. At the age of 10 he visited a kabuki drama presenting a samurai heroine which awoke his passion for females in distress.

When Ito was 13 he adopted the name Seiu (kanji for words 'clear' and 'rain') at age 13 and had several odd jobs varying from printer's apprentice to newspaper reporter. But his attraction to women in distress never diminished. At the age of 34, he started to draw and paint 'Seme- e'  
( torture pictures ) using a model named Oyo who would later become a fiancιe of Yumeji Takehisa (a well-known Taisho era artist).

In the spring of 1919, Ito hired a young art school model named Sahara Kise. They were soon living together, and after she became pregnant Kise became his second wife. She posed freely for her husband, and he started to use his young consort as a model for his 'restraint' experiments as portrayed in the old Ukiyo-e prints, photographing her nude or semiclad body in sessions that lasted as long as three hours. He once even went so far as to hang her down while pregnant in order to recreate Yoshitoshi's well-known and > shocking Lonely House -diptych.

Due to Ito's attempts to bring back to life, refresh and promote shibari (bondage) art he achieved national recognition, and with it, renewed reputability. In 1924 he was featured in an issue of Sunday Mainichi, a mainstream magazine spread nationwide, while tying up and photographing his wife in various poses. After this article was treated in a column of The Japan Times and Mail, a devoted rope maker wrote a letter to the newspaper complaining about the abuse of hemp in the name of art.

Ito's fortunes declined when censors embraced a strict approach to art in the 1930s. He became almost bankrupt after paying medical bills for his third wife, who was affected by a mental illness, and lost a majority of his works during the Great Tokyo Air Raid in 1944.

Already 63 when the war ended, he nevertheless demonstrated a refreshed energy, taking advantage of postwar liberalization he produced a large quantity of illustrated books, prints, makimono (scrolls), pocket-size books, postcards and photo collections. His works varied from the plainly sexual to the reallly bizarre. Ito's exploring efforts were joined by other artists and writers who were embracing his revealed themes.

In 1977 (16 years after Ito's death) director Noboru Tanaka concluded his Showa era trilogy with the movie Beauty's Exotic Dance: 
Torture!
which was loosely based on 
>
Ito Seiu's life.

 

Quotes:

"The only recognition I ever received, as a person who has studied bondage since 1908, was the pervert tag" said Ito Seiu in an article published in Amatoria magazine in 1953. Ito commonly acknowledged as the father of modern shibari was an artist of great skill and influence. A driven, forceful, man he was devoted to the study of what he called "beauty in suffering". To satisfy his strong interest he produced many pictures of rope bondage, both paintings and photographs, in the beginning of the 20th Century. Ito also produced drawings based on historical records of judicial torture, or shikei (private punishment), and from well-known legends and myths of females in distress.

Ito, clearly was not an admirer of the "secure, prudent, accepted" credo, but he was a fine artist who had a profound impact on the direction of SM movement in Japan. When he spoke the above quoted words post war pulp magazines were transforming themselves into mass market erotic journals and many of Ito's pictures were widely seen." (p.31 in Secret Magazine Issue No 20, by Master "K")

 

Literature:

#  Geijutsu Shincho, Maboroshi no seme eshi: Ito Seiu (The Illusionary Torture Artist: Ito Seiu). April 1995 (Vol. 46, No.4). Pages 3-67.

#  Nihon keibatsu fuzoku toshi (An Illustrated Popular History of Crime and Punishment in Japan), by Ito Seiu and Fujisawa Morihiko,
    published 1946-1952 (Reissued by admirers of Ito Seiu after his death in a single hardbound volume, originally 3 volumes).

#  Utsukushi Dansu, Ito Seiu (published by Yudachi Inc.), 1997, Japan.

#  Semee no onna, by Ito Seiu. Published by Photo Musee (1996).

#  Fuzoku Yashi, by Seiu Ito, 1931.

 


 

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