The Woman Next Door Kuchi-e Print, 1894

by Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)

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The Woman Next Door Kuchi-e Print, 1894 by Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)

Original Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Woman Next Door Kuchi-e Print, 1894

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 - Lovely kuchi-e image of a beauty kneeling in a doorway, looking out into a darkened room. On the walkway outside, a fan rests beside a potted place, and a warm glow comes from the shoji window at left. An attractive design with wonderful architectural detail and burnishing on the hair and obi. The first time we've seen this kuchi-e design.

This beautiful print is a rare unfolded kuchi-e. It is especially fine, beautifully printed, and exceptional because of the lack of the standard fold.

Artist - Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)

Image Size - 8 1/2" x 11"

Condition - Nice color and detail.

The Woman Next Door Kuchi-e Print, 1894 by Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)
The Woman Next Door Kuchi-e Print, 1894 by Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)

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