Beauty Watching a Cricket Kuchi-e Print

by Kiyokata Kaburagi (1878 - 1973)

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Beauty Watching a Cricket Kuchi-e Print by Kiyokata Kaburagi (1878 - 1973)

Original Kiyokata Kaburagi (1878 - 1973) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty Watching a Cricket Kuchi-e Print

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 illustration of a beauty watching a cricket perched on the side of a lamp, perhaps listening to it chirping. She leans over a table, her arm resting atop a closed book and a small green tassel in her hand. She wears a checked kimono with a pattern of autumn grasses, her hair pulled softly back into a knot at the back of her head. The first time we've seen this attractive design.

Artist - Kiyokata Kaburagi (1878 - 1973)

Image Size - 8 5/8" x 11"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Vertical folds. Slight toning and spotting, a few creases and small marks. Please see photos for details.

Beauty Watching a Cricket Kuchi-e Print by Kiyokata Kaburagi (1878 - 1973)
Beauty Watching a Cricket Kuchi-e Print by Kiyokata Kaburagi (1878 - 1973)

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