Soldier and Couple Kuchi-e Print

by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

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Soldier and Couple Kuchi-e Print by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Soldier and Couple Kuchi-e Print

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 soldier in uniform standing between a couple, reaching for his cap in the beauty's hand. His uniform features epaulets and gold braid, tied with a striped sash. He also appears to be wearing red and white stiped socks. Nicely detailed with burnishing on the uniform and cap. The first time we've seen this kuchi-e design.

Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Image Size - 7 5/8" x 9"

Condition - Good color and detail. Vertical and diagonal folds, creasing throughout.

Soldier and Couple Kuchi-e Print by Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Soldier and Couple Kuchi-e Print by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

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