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 - Attractive kuchi-e scene of the famous shirabyoshi dancer Shizuka Gozen performing. The Heian era beauty was the mistress of the great warrior Minamoto no Yoshitsune, and was renowned for her dancing skill. Wearing a pink kimono tucked into long silver mica pants, she gracefully waves her fan below her curving sleeve, her long hair trailing over her shoulders almost to the floor. A charming design.
Artist - Kobori Tomoto (1864 - 1931)
Image Size - 8 3/4" x 12"
Condition - This print with good color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. A few spots, creasing. Please see photos for details.
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