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 typically have one or two folds because of their use.
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 design of a young man leaving his home, looking back over his shoulder for one last glance, a warm orange light spilling form the open doorway. He adjusts the Western style hat on his head with one hand, an umbrella in the other. He wears a dark tan and white kimono tied with a blue obi, two parcels wrapped in cloth slung over his shoulder. A full moon glows softly in the night sky above the softly shaded house and trees. A fine composition.
Artist - Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)
Image Size - 8 1/4" x 12"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Vertical folds. Hole, repaired. Creasing, slight toning and soiling, a few stains. Please see photos for details.
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