Original Kumon Kikusen (1873 - 1945) Japanese Woodblock Print
Man Daydreaming 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 - Interesting kuchi-e image of a man who has fallen asleep while reading. He lies on the floor with his head propped up on one hand, the other hand resting atop an open book as he daydreams about a beauty. She appears in an inset at upper right framed by vines wrapped around slender poles, their leaves changing color. Includes burnishing on the beauty's hair and to indicate the folds of her black kimono. The first time we've seen this charming design.
Artist - Kumon Kikusen (1873 - 1945)
Image Size - 8 1/8" x 12" + right margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. Slight soiling. Please see photos for details. Good overall.