Original Hasegawa Konobu II (died 1886) Japanese Woodblock Print
Samurai and Commoner on a Moonlit Night Kuchi-e Print
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 - Interesting kuchi-e scene of a samurai stopping to talk with a commoner on a moonlit night. The commoner kneels on the ground before him, looking up with an angry frown. An inset shows another commoner with a rolled up straw mat slung over his back. A crescent moon glows in the night sky above. Nice expressive figures.
Artist - Hasegawa Konobu II (died 1886)
Image Size - 11" x 7 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Horizontal and vertical folds. Creasing and wrinkling, slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.