by Terazaki Kogyo (1866 - 1919)
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 kuchi-e illustration of two beauties on an outing to view the cherry blossoms. The women are dressed in matching black kimono patterned with tied-died flowers and blue waves, each with a red and white cloth tied around her neck. The beauty at left gestures with her finger as delicate pink petals flutter down through the sky. Her hair is adorned with a spring of cherry blossoms, to which a tiny poem slip is attached. A lovely design with soft color, detailed with burnishing on the hair. Interestingly, this print does not have the folds typically associated with kuchi-e prints, meaning it was never inserted into a magazine.
Artist - Terazaki Kogyo (1866 - 1919)
Image Size - 8" x 10 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight soiling at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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