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 falling back on one hand as an object flies through the air in front of her. She holds her sleeve to her face in surprise. She wears a yellow and rust colored kimono patterned with intricately dotted spirals over a red under robe, tied with a red print obi., her hair simply arrange. The first time we've seen this kuchi-e subject.
Artist - Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917)
Image Size - 8 3/8" x 12"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. Creasing, slight toning and soiling, a few marks and spots. Please see photos for details.
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