Almost Autumn, 1913

by Takeuchi Keishu (1847 - 1915)

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Almost Autumn, 1913 by Takeuchi Keishu (1847 - 1915)

Original Takeuchi Keishu (1847 - 1915) Japanese Woodblock Print
Almost Autumn, 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 - Lovely kuchi-e design for the novel "Aki Donari" (Almost Autumn) of a beauty peering around the edge of a fine reed blind. She adjusts a metal hairpin with one hand, dressed in a gray and white striped kimono with colorful blue and navy dots. A charming portrait with fine detail in the blind and hair.

Artist - Takeuchi Keishu (1847 - 1915)

Image Size - 12 5/8" x 8 5/8"

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

Almost Autumn, 1913 by Takeuchi Keishu (1847 - 1915)
Almost Autumn, 1913 by Takeuchi Keishu (1847 - 1915)

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