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 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 design of a pensive young beauty, her hand to her face, wearing a blue kimono patterned with white chrysanthemums. A spray of Japanese maple leaves frames the portrait inset. A handsome kuchi-e print.
Artist - Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917)
Image Size - 11 1/2" x 8 3/4"
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Horizontal folds. Wrinkling throughout, a few spots. Please see photos for details.
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