by Suzuki Kason (1860 - 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 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.
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 - Handsome kuchi-e illustration of a beauty stretching tie-dyed cloth out to dry, smoothing the fabric against a board with a ringed hand. She looks up over her shoulder as a cuckoo flies past high in the sky. The sleeves of her gray floral kimono are tied back with a pink sash, and she wears a purple apron to protect her robe. Her hair is softly pulled back into a loose bun adorned with a comb and a couple simple ornaments, a few wisps framing her face. A charming subject, nicely detailed.
Artist - Suzuki Kason (1860 - 1919)
Image Size - 12" x 8 5/8" + bottom margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Horizontal and diagonal folds. Creasing, slight toning and soiling, a few spots. Please see photos for details.
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