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 - Attractive kuchi-e subject of a young woman completing her morning beauty ritual. He holds a toothbrush in her hand as she kneels next to a basin of water. She wears a blue outer robe over a tan kimono with delicate stripes. Her hair is rather disheveled, with loose strands falling about her face. An interesting design, beautifully drawn.
Artist - Odake Kokkan (1880 - 1945)
Image Size - 11 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Horizontal folds. Slight soiling, ink offsetting, a few creases. Please see photos for details.
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