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 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 - 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.