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 - Interesting kuchi-e illustration of a naval officer in uniform, with a ship in soft silhouette in the distance at upper left. A circular inset at upper depicts a beauty looking down with a pensive expression, perhaps thinking of the man below. Her hair is pulled softly back into a large bun, a few loose wisps framing her face. An attractive design, detailed with delicate cloth embossing on the white background. The first time we've offered this subject.
Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - 8 1/2" x 12" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Vertical folds. A couple small repairs, wrinkling. Please see photos for details.
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