by Meiji era artist (not read)
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 - Interesting kuchi-e scene with an inset featuring a beauty enjoying a stroll in autumn, the trees covered with warm orange foliage as the leaves change color. She carries a bamboo stalk over her shoulder with a folding fan tied to it, smiling as she looks back and gesturing with her hand. At lower right, a rather rough-looking, unshaven man kneels on the ground, biting his lower lip as he looks down, his hands tucked inside the sleeves of his black kimono. The first time we've seen this handsome design.
Artist - Meiji era artist (not read)
Image Size - 8 3/8" x 11 3/4" + right margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two vertical folds. Small tear at edge, repaired. Slight toning, a few creases. Please see photos for details.
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