Beauty and Seashore Kuchi-e Print

by Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917)

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Beauty and Seashore Kuchi-e Print by Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917)

Original Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty and Seashore Kuchi-e Print

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 portrait of a beauty relaxing, leaning back on one hand as her blue and white cotton kimono slips from her shoulder. Her hair is pulled back and tied with a pink bow. Above, birds fly over the rocky coast of the sea. A lovely Meiji beauty image.

Artist - Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917)

Image Size - 8 3/4" x 11 3/4"

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. Tiny tear at edge, repaired. Creasing, slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.

Beauty and Seashore Kuchi-e Print by Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917)
Beauty and Seashore Kuchi-e Print by Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917)

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