Original Toshimine (1863 - 1934) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty with Hydrangeas 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 - Lovely kuchi-e design of a beauty strolling through a garden of blossoming hydrangeas softly shaded in lavender and blue. She wears a summer cotton kimono patterned with stylized waves and flowers in tones of blue, tied with a black obi that reverses to a brown and white check. She has plucked a flower and is tucking it into her hair. A charming summer scene drawn with delicate line work.
Artist - Toshimine (1863 - 1934)
Image Size - 11 1/8" x 8 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Horizontal folds. Slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.