by Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)
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 illustration of two beauties strolling along the shore. The wind gently blows the flowing sleeves of their lightweight cotton summer kimono, waves crashing on the beach behind them. A charming subject.
Artist - Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)
Image Size - 11 3/4" x 8 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Horizontal and diagonal folds. A couple holes, repaired. Creasing, slight toning and soiling, stains. Please see photos for details.
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