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 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 - 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.