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 - Attractive kuchi-e design of a beauty standing under a cherry tree, delicate petals showering down over her. She wears a bright red kimono, the gray and white patterned sleeves of her outer robe pushed down to the waist. Her hair is pulled back into a smooth bun, adorned with a decorative comb and a sprig of pink cherry blossoms. A charming spring subject.
Artist - Suzuki Kason (1860 - 1919)
Image Size - 8" x 10 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Backed with somewhat stiff paper. Folds. Some prints have wrinkling or a few spots. Please see photos for details.
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