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 - Charming kuchi-e illustration of Oharame, women from the village of Ohara near Kyoto. The peasant women balance bundles of rushes on their heads as they walk along, one woman carrying a basket filled with cherry blossoms under her arm. The inset behind them shows a beautiful landscape of the area. Nice delicate line work and soft color in this attractive subject.
Artist - Shoso Mishima (1856 - 1928)
Image Size - 11 1/2" x 8 5/8"
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Horizontal folds. Slight toning at edges, light fold at edge, staining. Please see photos for details.
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