Goldfish Kuchi-e Print, 1913

by Takeuchi Keishu (1847 - 1915)

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Goldfish Kuchi-e Print, 1913 by Takeuchi Keishu (1847 - 1915)

Original Takeuchi Keishu (1847 - 1915) Japanese Woodblock Print
Goldfish Kuchi-e Print, 1913

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 young woman watching a pair of colorful goldfish in a glass aquarium. She kneels beside them, absorbed in the graceful movements of the quiet creatures. She wears a blue and white kimono patterned with swathes of color and sweeping curved lines, her hair pulled back into a soft bun with a few loose wisps. A small stand at left holds blossoming pink flowers. An attractive kuchi-e design for the novel "Kingyo" (Goldfish), with soft color and fine shading.

Artist - Takeuchi Keishu (1847 - 1915)

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

Condition - Good color and detail. Backed with paper. Horizontal folds.

Goldfish Kuchi-e Print, 1913 by Takeuchi Keishu (1847 - 1915)
Goldfish Kuchi-e Print, 1913 by Takeuchi Keishu (1847 - 1915)

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