Beauty Writing Kuchi-e Print, 1908

by Gekko (1859 - 1920)

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Beauty Writing Kuchi-e Print, 1908 by Gekko (1859 - 1920)

Original Gekko (1859 - 1920) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty Writing Kuchi-e Print, 1908

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 - Handsome design of a young woman kneeling before a low writing desk, a brush in hand. The inset above shows a family altar with incense burning before a small figure. The background is covered with a delicate allover embossed pattern. A beautiful print.

Artist - Gekko (1859 - 1920)

Image Size - 11 1/4" x 7 3/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Horizontal folds. Slight soiling. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.

Beauty Writing Kuchi-e Print, 1908 by Gekko (1859 - 1920)
Beauty Writing Kuchi-e Print, 1908 by Gekko (1859 - 1920)

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