Original Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917) Japanese Woodblock Print
Traveling Beauty Kuchi-e Print, 1908
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 - Beautiful kuchi-e of a young woman walking across an open field, the breeze blowing the grasses and her robes about her. She wears a hat with a veil traditionally worn by women when traveling and several layers of kimono, with her long black hair visible above the hem of her garments. A lovely design conveying a sense of loneliness as the solitary figure makes her way through the gray landscape.
Artist - Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917)
Image Size - 8 3/8" x 11 3/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Vertical and diagonal folds. Light toning and soiling, a few spots, small stain. Please see photos for details.