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 an older man talking animatedly to a young woman, gesturing with his hands as he leans forward over a brazier. The beauty bows her head as she bites apprehensively on her sleeve, her face hidden from view. Beautifully detailed with burnishing on the beauty's hair and black kimono collar.
Artist - Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)
Image Size - 8 1/2" x 10 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Vertical folds. Slight toning and soiling, a few small spots. Please see photos for details.
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