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Father and Son Kuchi-e by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Item Number: 838616

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Auction Type: Standard Auction
Auction Category: Meiji Era, 1868 - 1912
Item Number: 838616
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Father and Son Kuchi-e by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Original Toshikata (1866 - 1908) Japanese Woodblock Print
Father and Son Kuchi-e

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 - Charming kuchi-e illustration of a father carrying his son on his back, smiling as the child reaches excitedly for a pinwheel tucked into his headband. A couple of dogs play on the ground behind them. Nicely detailed. The first time we've see this subject.

Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Image Size - 11 3/4" x 8 5/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Horizontal folds. Stitching holes at top corners, slight thinning at corner, repaired. Slight soiling at corners, a few creases. Please see photos for details.

Father and Son Kuchi-e by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Father and Son Kuchi-e by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

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