Original Toshimine (1863 - 1934) Japanese Woodblock Print
Bush Clover Moon 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 for the novel "Hagi no Tsuki" (Bush Clover Moon). A beauty leans on a railing with a dreamy expression, resting her elbow atop her round fan. She wears an olive green kimono patterned with tiny squares, tied with a blue obi that reverses to an embossed pink design of delicate blossoms. The leaves of bush clover are silhouetted in soft gray behind her, with a full moon glowing overhead. A lovely image with accents of silver mica on the fan and on the blue portion of the obi.
Artist - Toshimine (1863 - 1934)
Image Size - 8 1/4" x 11"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Vertical folds. Slight toning and soiling, creasing at edges, a few marks, slight staining at edges. Please see photos for details.