Original Toshihide (1863 - 1925) Japanese Woodblock Print
Worried Beauty 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 - Handsome kuchi-e protrait of a beauty looking down with a worried expression as she tucks her hand inside her kimono, her other arm folded across her chest. Her hair is pulled softly back, with a few loose locks framing her face. The figure is set off by a deep blue background. A lovely Meiji era beauty design with a poignant, expressive figure and a striking composition. The first time we've seen this rare kuchi-e design.
Artist - Toshihide (1863 - 1925)
Image Size - 12" x 8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Horizontal and vertical folds. Slight toning, soiling, and creasing. Please see photos for details.