Chasing a Boy Kuchi-e Print

by Kiriya Senrin (1877 - 1932)

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Chasing a Boy Kuchi-e Print by Kiriya Senrin (1877 - 1932)

Original Kiriya Senrin (1877 - 1932) Japanese Woodblock Print
Chasing a Boy 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 - Amusing kuchi-e print depicting a sock-footed samurai chasing a young boy with his sword. He shakes the weapon at the child, who claps with delight as he runs away down a path of stepping stones. A beauty in a pink kimono watches with alarm from behind a rock at right, a large stone lantern under a pine tree nearby. An interesting subject with an attractive composition and soft shading in the grass and sky.

Artist - Kiriya Senrin (1877 - 1932)

Image Size - 8 1/8" x 10 7/8" + right margin as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. A few spots, a few creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.

Chasing a Boy Kuchi-e Print by Kiriya Senrin (1877 - 1932)
Chasing a Boy Kuchi-e Print by Kiriya Senrin (1877 - 1932)

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