The Kuchi-e Tradition - Kuchi-e prints are woodblock frontispiece illustrations used in the publication of Japanese novels and magazines around the turn of the 20th century. Most kuchi-e prints were illustrations of bijin and continued the tradition of idealized beauties in Japanese art. The subjects, however, have a decidedly Meiji era feel about them and reflect the artistic movement towards more western design. Kuchi-e prints typically have one or two folds because of their use.
Much interest has been generated in the subject since the publication in 2000 of Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada's book, "Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints: Reflections of Meiji Culture." Kuchi-e prints have become highly sought after and collected by the serious collector.
Comments - Charming kuchi-e scene of a mother and daughter strolling along the edge of a pond filled with lily pads. Perhaps Korean or Chinese, the beauty wears a flowing white robe with a blue collar and puffy sleeves trimmed with a ruffled edge over a white blouse. Her hair is pulled into a knot high atop the back of her head with longer hair flowing over her shoulders, topped with a golden ornament and pink ribbon. The girl wears a puffy sleeved blouse tucked into a full skirt tied with a bow at the back, a red bow in her hair. Both hold round fans and wear dark gray slippers. A railing surrounds the water and tall trees and foliage frame the view at right. An attractive design with delicate line work and soft color.
Artist - Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917)
Image Size - 8 1/4" x 10 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Horizontal folds, creasing throughout. Please see photos for details.
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