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 illustration a farm woman selling firewood, carrying bundles of brush on her back. In one hand she holds a string of oranges or persimmons. She wears a short striped jacket over a blue and white print robe and leggings, a tie-dyed apron fastened around her waist. She pauses next to a bridge railing on the stony path, snow-covered mountains in the distance. Nicely composed.
Artist - Mishima Shoso (1856 - 1928)
Image Size - 11 1/4" x 8 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Horizontal folds. Wormhole, repaired. Slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.
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