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 print of a mother sitting on a bench with her baby in her lap, the child reaching eagerly towards the chrysanthemums at left. The beauty wears a kimono patterned with waterwheels and patches of silver mica. Autumn grasses and blossoms fill the garden. An attractive design.
Artist - Kobori Tomoto (Tomone) (1864 - 1931)
Image Size - 8 1/4" x 11 3/8"
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Vertical folds, a few creases and spots. Please see photos for details.
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