Original Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Fragrance of the Chrysanthemum 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 - Lovely image of a young woman reclining as she pauses to inhale the scent of a chrysanthemum, a dreamy look on her face. A cloud of yellow flowers blooms behind her. A beautiful illustration for the novel "Kiku no Kaori" (The Fragrance of the Chrysanthemum), with delicate line work in the face and hair and soft coloring. A beautiful Meiji era design.
Artist - Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917)
Image Size - 8 5/8" x 11 7/8" + right margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. A few small holes, repaired. Creasing, slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.