Original Gekko (1859 - 1920) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty Writing 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 typcially have one or two vertical folds, because of their insertion in a magazine or book as an illustrative print.
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 - Handsome kuchi-e design of a young woman kneeling before a low writing desk with a poem slip on it, a brush in hand. The inset above shows a family altar with a vase of flowers and incense burning before a small figure. The background is covered with an allover embossed pattern. A beautiful print. Includes touches of silver mica on the obi.
Artist - Gekko (1859 - 1920)
Image Size - 11 1/4" x 7 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Horizontal folds. A few tiny holes, repaired. Slight creasing and soiling, a few tiny spots. Please see photos for details.