by Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)
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 - Lovely kuchi-e design of a beauty strolling past a pine tree and bamboo decoration for New Year's Day. She wears a violet kimono, tied with a black obi, a roll of tissues tucked into the sash. Beautifully drawn with fine line work in the delicate hairline, and faint embossing on the white kimono collar. An attractive illustration from the magazine Bungei Kurabu.
Artist - Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)
Image Size - 11 3/8" x 8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. Horizontal folds. Slight toning and soiling, a few small spots, slight ink bleeding. Please see photos for details.
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