Original Mishima Shoso (1856 - 1928) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty at a Resort 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 - Attractive kuchi-e illustration of a beauty relaxing at a mountain resort. She sits on the railing of a porch, a teapot and tea bowls nearby for refreshment. A lovely landscape setting with pine covered hills.
Artist - Mishima Shoso (1856 - 1928)
Image Size - 11" x 8 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Horizontal folds. Please see photos for details. Good overall.