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 - 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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