by Kiyokata Kaburagi (1886 - 1972)
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 of 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 typcially have one or two vertical folds, because of their insertion in a magazine or book as an illustrative print.
A previously neglected genre of Japanese woodblock art, much interest has been generated in the subject since the publication in 2000 of Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada's groundbreaking 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 image of a pensive young beauty in a cotton kimono, surrounded by poppy buds and blooms. An extremely fine printing with outstanding details such as black overprinting to create the hairlines and blind embossing to create a delicate cloth pattern over the entire background. This is a reprint of an image that originally appeared as a kuchi-e (book frontispiece) around 1913. A beautiful woodblock that would make a lovely framed presentation. Published in 1977 by Sodosha in Tokyo.
Artist - Kiyokata Kaburagi (1886 - 1972)
Image Size - 14 7/8" x 9 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight thinning and a few light creases at right corners from original publisher mounting. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.