Angry Man and Sleeping Beauty Kuchi-e Print, 1896

by Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)

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Angry Man and Sleeping Beauty Kuchi-e Print, 1896 by Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)

Original Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942) Japanese Woodblock Print
Angry Man and Sleeping Beauty Kuchi-e Print, 1896

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 - Interesting kuchi-e illustration of a man looking down with an angry grimace as he holds a long letter in his hands. He appears to be glaring at the beauty sleeping on the floor in the inset below. She lies on a mat with an open document box and two swords on the floor beside her. The shabby home has cracked and missing plaster and holes in the shoji panels. A bold design with handsome calligraphic linework in the man's hair and furry vest.

Artist - Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)

Image Size - 10 5/8" x 8 5/8" + left margin as shown

Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Horizontal and vertical folds. Tear at edge, a few holes, repaired. A few creases, left corners clipped. Please see photos for details.

Angry Man and Sleeping Beauty Kuchi-e Print, 1896 by Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)
Angry Man and Sleeping Beauty Kuchi-e Print, 1896 by Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)