Men in Western Dress Kuchi-e Print, 1895

by Nakajima Shunko

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Men in Western Dress Kuchi-e Print, 1895 by Nakajima Shunko

Original Nakajima Shunko Japanese Woodblock Print
Men in Western Dress Kuchi-e Print, 1895

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 for a novel by Tetcho Suehiro of two men in a park, each dressed in the latest western fashions. The man at left wears a plaid suit over a white shirt with a bow tie, a cap on his head and a walking stick in hand. His companion smokes a cigar as the pair examines a large tree behind an ornate iron railing. He wears a black hat and gray gloves. Beautifully detailed. The first time we've offered this intriguing image.

Artist - Nakajima Shunko

Image Size - 12 1/4" x 8 7/8"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Horizontal and vertical folds. Tear along side, repaired. Creasing throughout. Please see photos for details.

Men in Western Dress Kuchi-e Print, 1895 by Nakajima Shunko
Men in Western Dress Kuchi-e Print, 1895 by Nakajima Shunko

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