Couple outside a Castle Kuchi-e Print

by Meiji era artist (not read)

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Couple outside a Castle Kuchi-e Print by Meiji era artist (not read)

Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Couple outside a Castle 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 - Handsome kuchi-e scene of a couple outside the moat of a castle. The woman kneels on the ground, leaning back against her companion with a rather pained expression. The samurai glares down at her with an angry frown, his arms firmly folded across his chest and tucked into the sleeves of his blue kimono. Their shoes have been removed and rest below the tree at right. At upper left, the tower of the castle rises above the stone embankment and a crescent moon can be seen above pine trees in the distance. A lovely night scene, offered here for the first time. Includes metallic silver pigment on the beauty's obi.

Artist - Meiji era artist (not read)

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

Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Vertical fold. Please see photos for details.

Couple outside a Castle Kuchi-e Print by Meiji era artist (not read)
Couple outside a Castle Kuchi-e Print by Meiji era artist (not read)

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