Hunter and Fainting Beauty Kuchi-e Print

by Odake Kunikazu (1868 - 1931)

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Hunter and Fainting Beauty Kuchi-e Print by Odake Kunikazu (1868 - 1931)

Original Odake Kunikazu (1868 - 1931) Japanese Woodblock Print
Hunter and Fainting Beauty Kuchi-e Print

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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.

Hunter and Fainting Beauty Kuchi-e Print - Unusual kuchi-e scene of a hunter holding a fainting beauty beneath a tree with two trunks. The hunter wears a matching plaid jacket and coat, his gun slung over his back. Nicely detailed with burnishing on the beauty's hair. The first time we've seen this kuchi-e design.

Artist - Odake Kunikazu (1868 - 1931)

Image Size - 8 5/8" x 11 3/4"

Condition - Good color and detail. Backed with paper. Folds, creases, slight curling.

Hunter and Fainting Beauty Kuchi-e Print by Odake Kunikazu (1868 - 1931)
Hunter and Fainting Beauty Kuchi-e Print by Odake Kunikazu (1868 - 1931)

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