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 - Attractive kuchi-e design of a beauty strolling among the autumn grasses, tucking her hands across her chest in the cool air. She wears a blue cotton kimono tied with a plum colored obi that reverses to a floral print, her hair pulled into a soft bun atop her head. A few loose wisps of hair frame her face as she looks over her shoulder with an almost distraught expression. A lovely portrait, nicely detailed with burnishing on the hair.
Artist - Takeuchi Keishu (1847 - 1915)
Image Size - 8 1/4" x 11 1/2"
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. A few creases and spots. Please see photos for details.
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