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Beauty after a Bath Kuchi-e Print by Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)

Item Number: 881878

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Auction Type: Standard Auction
Auction Category: Meiji Era, 1868 - 1912
Item Number: 881878
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Beauty after a Bath Kuchi-e Print by Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)

Original Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty after a Bath 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 - Absolutely terrific portrait of a beauty after a bath, gently drying the side of her face with sleeve of her kimono. The cotton robe features an unusual pattern of blue bats in flight and soft blue-gray clouds. Her hair is arranged with a several hairpins and combs, a few loose wisps framing her face. A large full moon glows softly in the evening sky, which is delicately colored in pale gray. Beautifully drawn with fine line work in the lovely, expressive face and hair.

Artist - Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)
Image Size - 12 5/8" x 8 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Horizontal and vertical folds. Small tear and slight thinning at corners from previous mounting, repaired. Creasing, slight toning and soiling, a few small marks. Please see photos for details.

Beauty after a Bath Kuchi-e Print by Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)

Beauty after a Bath Kuchi-e Print by Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)

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