Watching Rain Kuchi-e Print, 1912

by Gekko (1859 - 1920)

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Watching Rain Kuchi-e Print, 1912 by Gekko (1859 - 1920)

Original Gekko (1859 - 1920) Japanese Woodblock Print
Watching Rain Kuchi-e Print, 1912

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 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 scene of a beauty standing in a window, watching the rain. Water streams from the tips of the iris leaves hanging over the edge of the tile roof, falling in straight lines, the leaves a traditional decoration for the Boys' Day Festival. She wears a blue kimono with a delicate white pattern of leaves and blossoms, tied with a violet obi with a faint silver mica pattern. Her hair is pulled back into a sleek bun, adorned with a large comb and a few hairpins. An interesting subject with fine line work.

Artist - Gekko (1859 - 1920)

Image Size - 12 1/8" x 8 1/2" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice color and detail. Horizontal folds. A couple light creases at edges.

Watching Rain Kuchi-e Print, 1912 by Gekko (1859 - 1920)
Watching Rain Kuchi-e Print, 1912 by Gekko (1859 - 1920)

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