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 - Interesting kuchi-e illustration for the novel "A Mad Woman in Yawata" of a distraught beauty beside a pine tree, clutching the sleeve of her blue and white cotton kimono. Her hair is pulled back into a soft bun, the loose hairs framing her face giving her a slightly disheveled appearance. A handsome design, nicely detailed with delicate cloth embossing on the kimono. The first time we've offered this subject.
Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Image Size - 8 3/8" x 11 1/8" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. A few wormholes, repaired. Creasing, slight toning and soiling, a few stains. Please see photos for details.
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