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 - 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.
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