Original Suzuki Kason (1860 - 1919) Japanese Woodblock Print
Ideal and Actual 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 illustration for the novel "Ideal and Actual" (Riso to genjitsu) with an inset at lower left featuring a beauty styling her hair as she sits at a makeup table with a mirror atop it. A right, a celestial deity floats on the clouds with a large full moon glowing softly in the sky beyond. She wears layers of delicately colored robes that flutter in the breeze around her, and an ornate headdress with a moon on it. A young attendant behind her holds a palm leaf fan. Only the second time we've offered this attractive kuchi-e design.
Artist - Suzuki Kason (1860 - 1919)
Image Size - 8 1/2" x 10 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Vertical centerfold. Slight toning. Please see photos for details.