Surgery Kuchi-e Print

by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

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Surgery Kuchi-e Print by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Original Toshikata (1866 - 1908) Japanese Woodblock Print
Surgery 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 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 - Intriguing kuchi-e illustration for the novel "Surgery" by Izumi Kyoto. A young woman suffering from an illness is dozing in bed in the surgical ward of a hospital. Her elbow propped atop a pillow, her cheek rests on her hand as she sleeps, dreaming of being married to the handsome doctor treating her. A portrait of the couple appears in a cloud of mist at right, the beauty seated at the side of the physician. A fascinating subject with wonderful detail.

Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Image Size - 8 7/8" x 11 1/4"

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at sides from previous mounting. Fold. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Surgery Kuchi-e Print by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Surgery Kuchi-e Print by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

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