by Yamanaka Kodo
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 - Lovely kuchi-e portrait of an elegant beauty looking over her shoulder. Her hair is softly swept back into a large bun adorned with a single hairpin. Her black outer robe has slipped from her shoulders, revealing a red kimono with a brocade purse tucked into it. She wears fashionable red lipstick that takes on a green tone when applied more thickly, giving the appearance of two colors. Curtains hang in the doorway at left, and a man can be seen peering around her shoulder at right. A bold, striking design for the novel "Ejima."
Artist - Yamanaka Kodo
Image Size - 12" x 8 5/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at top and bottom from previous mounting. Two folds. Slight toning, a few creases and marks. Please see photos for details.This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at top and bottom from previous mounting. Two folds. Slight toning, a few creases and marks. Please see photos for details.
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