by Terazaki Kogyo (1866 - 1919)
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 - Terrific kuchi-e print of a young beauty sitting at an open window, a full moon rising in the pale evening sky outside. She wears a striped blue kimono tied with a bamboo print obi, a few flashes of red visible at the edges. Her hair is pulled softly back into a bun with wisps framing her face, a ring visible on the hand resting gently on the windowsill. Delicate grasses arch behind a shrub dotted with soft pink blossoms. Beautifully drawn with lovely detail and soft colors. An outstanding image.
Artist - Terazaki Kogyo (1866 - 1919)
Image Size - 11 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Two folds. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases and stains. Please see photos for details.
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