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 - Dramatic kuchi-e scene of a husband beating his wife, grabbing her by the collar of her kimono as he raises his fist to strike her. The hapless beauty lifts her hand above her head in self-defense as he drags her backwards. An overturned cup lies on the floor nearby. Detailed with delicate embossing on the beauty's robe and the man's striped kimono.
Artist - Yamamoto Eishun (1879 - ?)
Image Size - 11 1/2" x 8 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Horizontal folds. A couple light creases, small spot. Please see photos for details.
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