Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Dutch Women 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 - Unusual kuchi-e scene of two Dutch women on the shore of a river, waving and shouting to a tiny figure running along the opposite shore. The woman at right wears an apron with large patches or pockets on it, and wooden shoes. She and her companion each carry a large basket. Withered grasses line the bank, with bare trees at left and pines dotting the mountain in the distance. An intriguing subject.
Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - 7 5/8" x 10 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight separation at ends of vertical centerfold, a few small tears at edges, repaired. Creasing, slight toning. Please see photos for details.