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 scene of a beauty in winter, looking out at the snow-covered landscape across the water. She rests one hand on the window sill as she leans over, holding the sleeve of her violet kimono to her chin. Only the second time we've seen this handsome design.
Artist - Gekko (1859 - 1920)
Image Size - 11 7/8" x 8 1/2" + left margin as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Horizontal folds. A few creases at edges and small spots. Please see photos for details.
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