Original Toshikata (1866 - 1908) Japanese Woodblock Print
Waking Up 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 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 design of a beauty waking up from a nap. She moves a delicately patterned curtain out of the way as she reclines on a bolster pillow. Her simple striped cotton kimono is tied with a sash, and she wears a gold ring on her right hand. An elegant drawstring bag sits on the bed at left. Lovely soft color and fine detail in this attractive kuchi-e subject. Nicely detailed with burnishing on the hair and the black kimono collar.
Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Image Size - 8 5/8" x 11 3/4" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Vertical folds. Slight soiling, light stains. Please see photos for details.