Bloody Battle Kuchi-e Print

by Meiji era artist (not read)

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Bloody Battle Kuchi-e Print by Meiji era artist (not read)

Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Bloody Battle 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 book, "Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints: Reflections of Meiji Culture." Kuchi-e prints have become highly sought after and collected by the serious collector.

Comments - Dramatic kuchi-e illustration of two warriors in battle. At right, a bald-headed warrior gallops ahead on his horse, thrusting a spear at his enemy. He wears a dragonfly print vest over his armor, and is bleeding from wounds to the head and leg. His horse is also covered with blood. His young enemy lunges back on one leg, gripping his sword above his head with a determined expression, ready to meet his attacker. A personal standard patterned with battle helmets flutters above his head. A dynamic composition, detailed with fine line work and silver metallic pigment.

Artist - Meiji era artist (not read)

Image Size - 8 1/8" x 10 3/4" + top margin as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Vertical folds. A few small wormholes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Vertical folds. A few small wormholes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Vertical folds. A few small wormholes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Vertical folds. A few small wormholes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.

Bloody Battle Kuchi-e Print by Meiji era artist (not read)
Bloody Battle Kuchi-e Print by Meiji era artist (not read)

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