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 - Lovely kuchi-e design of a beauty looking out a window, taking a break from reading the book in her hand. She leans against the window with one hand resting on the sill, watching as a yellow butterfly flutters above a peony covered with delicate pink and white blossoms. She wears a purple, lavender, and blue striped kimono, tied with a red floral obi, her hair adorned with colorful ornaments. A folding fan with writing on it hangs on a post at right, with red tassels dangling from it. A beautiful subject with burnishing on the hair.
Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Image Size - 8 5/8" x 11 3/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at edges from previous mounting. Vertical folds. Slight toning, a few creases at edges and spots. Please see photos for details.
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