Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Mother and Son 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 - Attractive kuchi-e illustration of a Heian era mother and her young son, the boy kneeling before her with bowed head. A low black lacquer table at left holds scrolls, while the alcove above has several objects including two elegant boxes with doors on the front. Beautifully detailed with burnishing on the hair, the lacquer table, and the black lacquer frame of the wall panels, and embossing on the white lining of the boy's kimono. The first time we've offered this subject.
Artist - Meiji era artist (not read)
Image Size - 8 3/8" x 11 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. Slight paper remnants on reverse at edges from previous mounting. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.