by Sadanobu II (1848 - 1940)
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 - Great kuchi-e scene of a woman warrior ready for action, gripping a naginata with both hands, her feet spread firmly apart. She wears a light orange robe over armor and a kimono tucked into white pants over gray leggings. Loose hair flies around her head with her motion, the rest pulled into a low ponytail over her back. Her geta clogs rest on the ground nearby, and dirt or ashes has been kicked up around her feet. A terrific, bold image, nicely detailed with allover cloth embossing in the background.
Artist - Sadanobu II (1848 - 1940)
Image Size - 8 1/2" x 10 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical fold. Small hole, repaired. Creasing, slight toning and soiling, a few spots. Please see photos for details.
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