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Dutch Women Kuchi-e Print by Hasegawa Konobu II

Item Number: 894697

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Auction Type: Standard Auction
Auction Category: Meiji Era, 1868 - 1912
Item Number: 894697
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Dutch Women Kuchi-e Print by Hasegawa Konobu II

Original Hasegawa Konobu II 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 - Interesting kuchi-e scene of a man waiting behind a cherry tree to attack two beauties taking an evening stroll. He holds a large knife behind his back, and his face is partially concealed by the cloth wrapped around his head. The women stroll along in dark silhouette beneath a glowing full moon, and a few petals drift down through the night sky. Nicely detailed with silver mica on the knife and the man's obi.

Artist - Hasegawa Konobu II
Image Size - 11" x 8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Fold across corner. Tear and loss, a few holes, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, and rubbing, a few spots and ink marks. Please see photos for details.

Dutch Women Kuchi-e Print by Hasegawa Konobu II

Dutch Women Kuchi-e Print by Hasegawa Konobu II

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