by Meiji era artist (unsigned)
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 - Dramatic kuchi-e scene of a man in bed being attacked by a man wielding a sword. The assailant straddles the bed, gripping his weapon with both hands, his face partially hidden behind a dotted cloth wrapped around his head. His intended victim reaches for the sword at his side beneath the quilt. An intriguing subject with fine detail and soft bokashi shading in the background.
Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - 8 1/2" x 11" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at edges from previous mounting. Vertical centerfold. Mark at edge, a few creases. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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