Original Toshikata (1866 - 1908) Japanese Woodblock Print
Waiting for a Visitor Kuchi-e Print, 1909
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 - Handsome kuchi-e illustration showing a young man sweeping a garden path, looking up with a frown as a beauty arrives at the gate. His hair is cropped short in the Meiji fashion, and he wears a blue patterned kimono over a white button front shirt. A small red lacquer tray holds a teapot and cup, perhaps ready for his guest. The garden foliage is rendered in muted tones and soft brush strokes, in contrast to the careful detail of the home and furnishings at right. An intriguing scene.
Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Image Size - 8 3/4" x 11 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. Slight toning and soiling, slight creasing at edges, a few stains. Please see photos for details.