Beauty after a Bath Kuchi-e Print

by Mishima Shoso (1856 - 1928)

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Beauty after a Bath Kuchi-e Print by Mishima Shoso (1856 - 1928)

Original Mishima Shoso (1856 - 1928) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty after a Bath 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 - Attractive kuchi-e illustration of a beauty after a bath, combing her wet hair. She wears a pale blue cotton kimono patterned with flowers, loosely tied with a pink obi. A fine lacquer tub of water rests on the floor nearby, with an array of combs spread out on a metallic silver cloth. The beauty is framed by the large leaves of a tropical plant, adding an exotic touch to the image. A lovely design with wonderful calligraphic line work.

Artist - Mishima Shoso (1856 - 1928)

Image Size - 13" x 8 1/2"

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Horizontal and vertical folds. Slight toning and soiling., a few creases and small marks. Please see photos for details.

Beauty after a Bath Kuchi-e Print by Mishima Shoso (1856 - 1928)
Beauty after a Bath Kuchi-e Print by Mishima Shoso (1856 - 1928)

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