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 - Interesting kuchi-e scene of a young couple along the water's edge. The beauty recoils as her male companion offers a small book to her, leaning back on one hand. He wears the latest Western fashions including a collar and tie. Pine branches frame a view of the water and the shoreline beyond. A nicely detailed illustration for the 1905 novel "The Dairy Sisters."
Artist - Kiyokata Kaburagi (1886 - 1972)
Image Size - 8 1/2" x 10 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. Slight toning, soiling, and creasing, stain. Please see photos for details.
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