Original Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917) Japanese Woodblock Print
Early Spring Kuchi-e Print, 1910
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 for the novel "Soshun" (Early Spring) of a beauty placing a blossoming plum branch in a small white vase on a table. She wears a pale orange robe tucked into a pink and blue striped skirt, a sheer blue scarf draped across her chest and flowing over her shoulders. She takes hold of the edge of the scarf as she leans over. An interesting design with delicate flowing line work and soft color.
Artist - Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917)
Image Size - 10 7/8" x 8 3/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Horizontal and vertical folds. A few tears at edges, small loss at corner, repaired. Creasing, wrinkling, toning, soiling, a few stains. Please see photos for details.