Beauty Strolling by Moonlight Kuchi-e Print

by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

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Beauty Strolling by Moonlight Kuchi-e Print by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Original Toshikata (1866 - 1908) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty Strolling by Moonlight 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 - Attractive kuchi-e illustration of a beauty strolling through the countryside at night, a full moon high in the sky above. She pauses beside a stream to look at the farmhouse ahead, the wind blowing the robe she has draped over her head. Autumn grasses and flowers grow along the water's edge, and misty clouds drift across the evening sky. Nicely detailed with cloth embossing on the white robe, and touches of silver mica on the blue trim.

Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Image Size - 8 1/2" x 11 3/4"

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. Small loss at edge, repaired. Creasing, slight soiling. Please see photos for details.

Beauty Strolling by Moonlight Kuchi-e Print by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Beauty Strolling by Moonlight Kuchi-e Print by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

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