Original Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905) Japanese Woodblock Print
Distraught Beauty and Foreign Hunter 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 - Handsome kuchi-e scene of a distraught beauty leaning against a willow along a bank, her head bowed and her eyes closed as she bites on the edge of her sleeve. On the opposite shore, a foreign hunter strolls along with his dog, pausing to look over his shoulder. The bearded man wears a long coat and a hat with the brim folded up on the sides, his gun slung over his back with a strap across his chest. A full moon can be seen through the branches of the tree above. An intriguing image, beautifully detailed with burnishing on the beauty's hair. The first time we've offered this subject.
Artist - Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)
Image Size - 11 3/8" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Horizontal centerfold. Slight toning, slight creasing at edges. Please see photos for details.