Whispering Kuchi-e Print, 1897

by Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)

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Whispering Kuchi-e Print, 1897 by Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)

Original Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905) Japanese Woodblock Print
Whispering Kuchi-e Print, 1897

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 scene of a young couple deep in conservation during a moonlit meeting along the water's edge. The beauty seems somewhat concerned as she looks down at her companion, who crouches beside her. A full moon glows in the night sky, with the outline of the city in soft gray silhouette in the distance at right. A handsome, rarely seen design, nicely detailed with burnishing on the beauty's hair and the black kimono collar.

Artist - Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)

Image Size - 8 5/8" x 11 3/8"

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two vertical folds. Slight toning and soiling, a few light creases. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Whispering Kuchi-e Print, 1897 by Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)
Whispering Kuchi-e Print, 1897 by Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)

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