Original Mishima Shoso (1856 - 1928) Japanese Woodblock Print
Women of Ohara 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 - Charming kuchi-e illustration of two farm women from Ohara balancing bundles of brushwood atop their heads. In one hand she holds a string of oranges or persimmons. The beauty at left has a basket of blossoming cherry branches tucked under her arm, her lavender apron blowing in the breeze. An inset at upper right depicts a spring landscape. The first time we've offered this design.
Artist - Mishima Shoso (1856 - 1928)
Image Size - 10 7/8" x 8 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Horizontal folds. Slight toning and soiling, a few small marks. Please see photos for details.