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 - Charming kuchi-e image of a beauty placing a doll of a seated nobleman on a tiered display covered with red cloth for the annual Girls' Day Festival. She looks off into space with a slightly dreamy expression, her hair softly pulled back into a large loop adorned with a comb and red and white dotted ribbon. She wears an outer robe with a pattern of wavy lines over a spotted kimono, the red lining at the sleeves reinforcing the red of the cloth and the hair ribbon. An attractive illustration for the novel "Hina" (Doll).
Artist - Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)
Image Size - 11 1/2" x 8 1/8" + left margin as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Horizontal folds. Please see photos for details.
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