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 scene of a man standing outside on an autumn night, his arms folded across his chest and tucked into his sleeves as he looks over his shoulder. Rice field stretch out across the plains below, and the windows of a teahouse or home in the distance glow softly. A full moon rises and a few leaves drift down across the evening sky. Nicely detailed. The first time we've seen this subject.
Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - 8 5/8" x 10 1/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Vertical folds. Slight toning, a couple spots. Please see photos for details.
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