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 kuchi-e scene of a beauty strolling through a garden among colorful autumn blossoms and delicate grasses, a Western style umbrella over her shoulder. She wears a blue kimono tied with a butterfly pattern obi. A beautiful design with a fine composition.
Artist - Suzuki Kason (1860 - 1919)
Image Size - 11 1/2" x 8 1/8"
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Horizontal folds. A couple creases at edges. Please see photos for details.
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