Beauty Reading a Letter Kuchi-e Print, 1900

by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

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Beauty Reading a Letter Kuchi-e Print, 1900 by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Original Toshikata (1866 - 1908) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty Reading a Letter Kuchi-e Print, 1900

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 illustration of an elegantly dressed beauty reading a message, the paper draped over her knee and trailing onto the floor. She wears a black outer kimono with a tie-dyed pattern of waves and maple leaves over a pink robe with a faint embossed pattern. Her hair is arranged in a large loop on top of her head with locks framing her face and a soft loop at the back of her neck. A circular inset at left shows a monk or priest standing beneath a blossoming cherry tree.

Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Image Size - 8 1/2" x 11 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - Good color and detail. Vertical folds. Small repair, a few creases.

Beauty Reading a Letter Kuchi-e Print, 1900 by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Beauty Reading a Letter Kuchi-e Print, 1900 by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

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