Beauty in a Spider Web Kimono Kuchi-e Print

by Meiji era artist (not read)

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Beauty in a Spider Web Kimono Kuchi-e Print by Meiji era artist (not read)

Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty in a Spider Web Kimono Kuchi-e Print

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 - Attractive kuchi-e design of a beauty pausing beneath a willow tree during an evening stroll, smiling as she looks back over her shoulder while gesturing ahead. The robe draped over her head features a pattern of spider webs and purple, geometric print shapes, the white areas delicately embossed. A poem slip hangs from a branch at right, fluttering in the breeze. An inset at upper left shows a young man wearing a court cap and holding a woven hat for traveling. A charming design, detailed with additional embossing on the poem slip and cloth embossing on the background of the inset. The first time we've offered this subject.

Artist - Meiji era artist (not read)

Image Size - 8 3/8" x 10 1/2" + top margin as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. Slight creasing and soiling, a few spots. Please see photos for details.

Beauty in a Spider Web Kimono Kuchi-e Print by Meiji era artist (not read)
Beauty in a Spider Web Kimono Kuchi-e Print by Meiji era artist (not read)

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