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 - Lovely kuchi-e design of a beauty kneeling next to a verandah, absorbed in reading the book in her lap. She wears an informal blue cotton kimono patterned with grasses and flowing water, tied with a red and white obi. The verandah overlooks a garden filled with trees, the foliage rendered in soft tones of green and gray. A serene, attractive image.
Artist - Terazaki Kogyo (1866 - 1919)
Image Size - 8" x 10 1/2" + margins as shown
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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