Original Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917) Japanese Woodblock Print
Daydreaming Kuchi-e Print
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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.
Daydreaming Kuchi-e Print - Handsome kuchi-e illustration of a beauty standing beside a screen, lost in thought. She is daydreaming about a young man, who appears at upper right on a rugged cliff writing a long letter. The paper trails over his shoulder, floating in the breeze as birds swoop through the sky. An intriguing image, with wonderful detail in the beauty's intricately patterned obi.
Artist - Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917)
Image Size - 8 1/2" x 10 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. Vertical folds. Toning, soiling, rubbing, and creasing, slight curling. Please see photos for details.