River Landscape Kuchi-e Print

by Kawai Gyokudo (1873 - 1957)

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River Landscape Kuchi-e Print by Kawai Gyokudo (1873 - 1957)

Original Kawai Gyokudo (1873 - 1957) Japanese Woodblock Print
River Landscape 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 - Lovely kuchi-e illustration of a rushing river in the mountains, the water flowing over a low waterfall in the center onto the rocks below. A leafy branch frames the view, with houses nestled along the shore at right. A handsome design, beautifully colored. An unusual kuchi-e subject, nicely drawn with calligraphic line work.

Artist - Kawai Gyokudo (1873 - 1957)

Image Size - 8 1/4" x 11 1/4" + right margin as shown

Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. Backed with paper. Vertical folds. C-shaped tear and small loss a few thinning areas, repaired. Wrinkling. Please see photos for details.

River Landscape Kuchi-e Print by Kawai Gyokudo (1873 - 1957)
River Landscape Kuchi-e Print by Kawai Gyokudo (1873 - 1957)

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