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.
Three Beauties Kuchi-e Print - Interesting design that combines beauties from kuchi-e illustrations by three different artists into one scene. Behind them, strings of colorful red paper lanterns add a festive air to a garden with a large pond and geese on the shore. The beauty at left is by Mizuno Toshikata and woman at right is by Eisen Tomioka, while the signature of the center artist is not read. Nicely detailed with accents of metallic silver pigment. A fine lithograph reproduction.
Image Size - 10 3/8" x 14 3/4"+ margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.
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