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 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 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.