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 or book frontispiece of a young woman in a bathing costume on the beach, her long black hair flowing down her back. She holds the ties of her straw hat and leans on a large rock. Beautiful soft shading and fine detail in this lovely print. An outstanding subject and one of the most famous and desired kuchi-e images. A lovely reprint in a large format published in 1977 by Sodosha in Tokyo. A great choice for display.
Artist - Terazaki Kogyo (1866 - 1919)
Image Size - 13 1/4" x 9" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent with no issues to report.