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 - Handsome kuchi-e design of a young woman kneeling before a low writing desk, a brush in hand. The inset above shows a family altar with a vase of flowers and incense burning before a small figure. The background is covered with an allover embossed geometric pattern. A beautiful print. Includes accents of silver mica on the obi.
Artist - Gekko (1859 - 1920)
Image Size - 11 1/8" x 7 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Horizontal folds, a few spots and creases, wrinkle at top edge. Please see photos for details.
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