Original Terazaki Kogyo (1866 - 1919) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty Powdering Her Face 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 a beauty powdering her face, a pocket mirror in one hand and a fluffy brush in the other. She smiles slightly as she looks down, wearing a violet kimono tied with a bright blue print obi. She wears several rings, a Western fashion adopted during the Meiji era. The corner of the mirror overlaps the edge of the image, adding a sense of depth. Nicely detailed with burnishing on the hair, and metallic pigment that has oxidized to a dark tone on the rings, brush handle, and white kimono collar. The first time we've come across this kuchi-e subject.
Artist - Terazaki Kogyo (1866 - 1919)
Image Size - 7" x 4 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Toning, slight soiling, a few spots. Please see photos for details.