by Kiyokata Kaburagi (1886 - 1972)
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 - 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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