Waking Up Kuchi-e Print

by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

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Waking Up Kuchi-e Print by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Original Toshikata (1866 - 1908) Japanese Woodblock Print
Waking Up 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 - Charming design of a beauty waking up from a nap. She moves a delicately patterned lilac curtain out of the way as she reclines on a bolster pillow. Her simple striped cotton kimono is tied with a pink sash, and she wears a gold ring on her right hand. An elegant drawstring bag sits on the bed at left. Lovely soft color and fine detail in this attractive kuchi-e subject. Nicely detailed with burnishing on the hair and the black kimono trim.

Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Image Size - 8 3/4" x 11"

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

Waking Up Kuchi-e Print by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Waking Up Kuchi-e Print by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

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