Original Suzuki Kason (1860 - 1919) Japanese Woodblock Print
Iris Kuchi-e Print, 1907
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 - Lovely kuchi-e portrait of a beauty strolling through an iris garden. She smiles as she looks over her shoulder, opening her umbrella as a light rain begins to slant across the sky. She wears a purple fringed shawl over a dark gray coat, her hair pulled back into a soft bun adorned with a comb and a single hairpin. The purple and blue blossoms and upright green leaves provide a beautiful setting. A wonderful kuchi-e design.
Artist - Suzuki Kason (1860 - 1919)
Image Size - 8 1/2" x 11 7/8" + right margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. Light toning, slight soiling and creasing, a few spots. Please see photos for details.