Angry Commoner and Couple Kuchi-e Print

by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

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Angry Commoner and Couple Kuchi-e Print by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Angry Commoner and Couple 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 - Interesting kuchi-e scene of a couple in private quarters, the beauty kneeling beside the man who lies in bed. An inset at upper left depicts a commoner in an unusual kimono patterned with skulls, bones, and metallic silver grasses. He leans forward with an angry scowl as if ready to attack, his hand on the hilt of his sword. The beauty holds out her hand to motion her companion not to get up. An intriguing illustration, nicely detailed with additional shimmering silver on the waves at the bottom of the folding screen behind the couple and the woman's white kimono collar.

Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Image Size - 8 18" x 10 1/2"

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two vertical folds. Paper remnants on reverse at edges from previous mounting. A couple small losses and thinning at edges, small tear at edge, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, spots. Please see photos for details.

Angry Commoner and Couple Kuchi-e Print by Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Angry Commoner and Couple Kuchi-e Print by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

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