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 - Intriguing kuchi-e scene of a foreign couple, the woman weeping as she leans her head against her companion's chest. He holds his arm around her protectively as he looks up to see the shadow of a man with a top hat and cane. He wears a spotted lavender vest with a watch chain, and a soft burgundy tie over his white shirt. A handsome design, beautifully detailed with burnishing on the man's black jacket and delicate allover cloth embossing on the background. The first time we've seen this subject.
Artist - Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)
Image Size - 8 1/2" x 11" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. Slight paper remnants on reverse at top edge from previous mounting. A few creases. Please see photos for details.
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