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 illustration for the novel "Red Lotus, White Lotus." A woman sits quietly knitting in the open doorway to a verandah. She concentrates on her work, the ball of yarn on the floor nearby, a striped apron wrapped around her waist. The landscape outside is rendered in soft colors, with tall grasses framing a view of a distant rooftop. Beautiful fine line work in the shoji screen and intricate fabric pattern of the kimono.
Artist - Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917)
Image Size - 8 3/4" x 10 3/4" + right margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. Slight toning, a few small spots. Please see photos for details.
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