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.
Recording Falling Flowers Kuchi-e Print, 1901 - Charming kuchi-e illustration for the novel "Recording Falling Flowers" of a beauty after a bath. Her blue and white cotton kimono is loosely wrapped about her, and she dries the side of her face with a light blue towel. Her hair has just been washed and flows loosely over her shoulders. Note the light bulb glowing in a ceiling lamp overhead. An attractive design with fine line work in the hair.
Artist - Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)
Image Size - 8 3/8" x 11 1/2" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. Light offestting. Please see photos for details.
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