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 illustration for the novel "Snowy Morning" (Yuki no Asa) featuring a beauty in a circular inset, anxiously biting on the sleeve of her kimono as she leans forward. Her hair is softly pulled back into a bun adorned with a red lacquer comb, floral ornaments, and pink ribbon. The rectangular inset at left shows two dogs or puppies playing in the snow. A charming design, beautifully detailed.
Artist - Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)
Image Size - 8 5/8" x 11 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. Small tear at edge, repaired. Please see photos for details.
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