by Meiji era artist (not read)
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 typcially have one or two vertical folds, because of their insertion in a magazine or book as an illustrative print.
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 - Interesting kuchi-e illustration of a farmer passing a beauty out picking flowers in spring. He pauses to look back over his shoulder, his black vest tattered and his skin tanned from working outdoors. The beauty holds her sleeve to her chin with an uncertain expression, a basket with small purple flowers in her hand. She wears a lavender kimono patterned with origami cranes, tied with a blue obi that features delicate metallic silver currents that reverses to a light green and white print. Trees covered with pink blossoms dot the grassy slope behind her. Detailed with burnishing on the beauty's hair and metallic silver on the hair ornament. An intriguing image contrasting the delicate young woman with the rugged peasant. The first time we've offered this subject.
Artist - Meiji era artist (not read)
Image Size - 8 3/8" x 11 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two vertical folds. A couple small holes, tiny loss and slight thinning at corner, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases and stains. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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