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 - Lovely scene of two young women pausing in conversation while out for a stroll, a few maple leaves fluttering through the air. Lovely facial expressions and fine burnished detail in the upswept hairstyles, with soft shading on the tree trunk. A charming kuchi-e illustration for the novel "Momiji" (Maple or Autumn Colors).
Artist - Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)
Image Size - 8 1/2" x 11"
Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. Backed with paper. Vertical folds, creasing. Please see photos for details.
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