by Eisen Tomioka (1864 - 1905)
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 - Charming kuchi-e scene of a beauty using a feather duster to clean wooden boxes. Her hair is protectively draped in a pale blue towel, the sleeves of her striped kimono tied back with a narrow red sash. A large parcel leans up against a wall behind her, wrapped in orange cloth and tied with rope. An interesting portrait of a beauty absorbed in her daily work.
Artist - Eisen Tomioka (1864 - 1905)
Image Size - 8 1/2" x 11 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. A few wormholes, repaired. Creasing, slight toning and soiling, a few stains. Please see photos for details.
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