Ohareme Kuchi-e Print

by Shoso Mishima (1856 - 1928)

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Ohareme Kuchi-e Print by Shoso Mishima (1856 - 1928)

Original Shoso Mishima (1856 - 1928) Japanese Woodblock Print
Ohareme Kuchi-e Print

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 image of Ohareme, farm women from the village of Ohara near Kyoto, who were known for selling flowers and firewood. The peasant women balance bundles of rushes on their heads as they walk along, one woman carrying a basket filled with cherry blossoms under her arm. The inset behind them shows a beautiful landscape of the area. Nice delicate line work and soft color in this attractive subject.

Artist - Shoso Mishima (1856 - 1928)

Image Size - 11 1/4" x 8 1/4"11 1/4" x 8 1/4"11 1/4" x 8 1/4"

Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Backed with paper. Horizontal folds. A few creases. Please see photos for details.

Ohareme Kuchi-e Print by Shoso Mishima (1856 - 1928)
Ohareme Kuchi-e Print by Shoso Mishima (1856 - 1928)

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