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Summer Night Kuchi-e by Meiji era artist (not read)

Item Number: 838617

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Auction Type: Standard Auction
Auction Category: Meiji Era, 1868 - 1912
Item Number: 838617
 
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Summer Night Kuchi-e by Meiji era artist (not read)

Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Summer Night 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 - Attractive kuchi-e scene of a couple relaxing on a summer evening. The beauty sits beside a lamp, resting one hand atop a slender pipe, a tobacco set on the floor nearby. Mosquito netting covers the bed at left, and a young man is tending a pig-shaped smoker to drive away insects. A handsome design with a nicely detailed setting. Includes burnishing on the hair and to indicate the folds on the man's black apron.

Artist - Meiji era artist (not read)
Image Size - 8 5/8" x 11 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. Slight soiling. Please see photos for details.


Summer Night Kuchi-e by Meiji era artist (not read)

Summer Night Kuchi-e by Meiji era artist (not read)

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