Original Kiyokata Kaburagi (1878 - 1972) Japanese Woodblock Print
Whitebait Kuchi-e Print, 1911
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 of 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 typcially have one or two vertical folds, because of their insertion in a magazine or book as an illustrative print.
A previously neglected genre of Japanese woodblock art, much interest has been generated in the subject since the publication in 2000 of Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada's groundbreaking book, "Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints: Reflections of Meiji Culture." Kuchi-e prints have become highly sought after and collected by the serious collector.
Comments - Interesting kuchi-e scene of a beauty using chopsticks to choose morsels of whitebait fish from a wooden tray on the floor before her. She holds a red lacquer container in her other hand as she looks down, absorbed in her work. Nicely detailed with burnishing on the hair and black kimono collar.
Artist - Kiyokata Kaburagi (1878 - 1972)
Image Size - 11 3/4" x 8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two horizontal folds. Slight toning, soiling, and creasing, a few stains. Please see photos for details.