Original Mishima Shoso (1856 - 1928) Japanese Woodblock Print
Waiting for Spring Kuchi-e Print, 1910
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 beauty kneeling beside a niche as she hangs a scroll. She leans back to look at the painting, which features barely visible clouds drifting across a full moon. A basket of flowers rests nearby, with the scroll box and lid on the floor below. A handsome design, rarely seen.
Artist - Mishima Shoso (1856 - 1928)
Image Size - 11 3/4" x 8 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Horizontal folds. A couple wormholes, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases and stains. Please see photos for details.