Original Toshikata (1866 - 1908) Japanese Woodblock Print
Young Man Daydreaming and Beauty 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 - Handsome kuchi-e print of a young man sitting at a low desk resting his chin on his hand, looking out the open window as he daydreams. At inset at upper right shows a beauty in a blue coat with a lovely silver mica pattern holding her sleeve to her chin in a pensive expression. A large pine tree frames the scene. An attractive design, beautifully colored and printed, in fine condition. The first time we've offered this subject.
Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Image Size - 8 5/8" x 11 1/8" + right margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. Fold at corners. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.