Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Gathering of Samurai 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 typically have one or two folds because of their use.
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 print depicting a group of samurai gathered in a room for a meeting. At left, an elderly warrior leans forward with an angry scowl as he stares at the older man sitting across from him. The older man looks down with sorrowful expression as the other men exchange glances. Sliding panels decorated with a panting of pine branches line the back of the room. Nicely detailed, with expressive figures.
Artist - Meiji era artist (not read)
Image Size - 8 5/8" x 12" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. A few creases. Please see photos for details. Good overall.