Beauty Waving Kuchi-e Print

by Meiji era artist (not read)

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Beauty Waving Kuchi-e Print by Meiji era artist (not read)

Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty Waving Kuchi-e Print

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 image of a beauty waving as she stands in a doorway, wearing a green coat over a blue checked kimono and red under robe with a purple collar, tied with a yellow plaid obi. A paper lantern hangs overhead in front of curtains. Beautifully detailed with burnishing on the hair and black collars. The first time we've seen this attractive design.

Artist - Meiji era artist (not read)

Image Size - 11 1/8" x 8 1/4" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice color and detail. Horizontal folds. A few repairs and creases.

Beauty Waving Kuchi-e Print by Meiji era artist (not read)
Beauty Waving Kuchi-e Print by Meiji era artist (not read)

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