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 print of a young beauty placing a floral arrangement in a basket in a household alcove. A scroll of a deity hangs above a small incense burner. A charming interior scene, detailed with burnishing on the black tray and the black edge of the alcove.
Artist - Suzuki Kason (1860 - 1919)
Image Size - 8 1/2" x 12 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. Small losses, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases at edges. Please see photos for details.
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