Original Terazaki Kogyo (1866 - 1919) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty under a Maple Tree 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 kuchi-e portrait of a beauty sitting on a bench under a maple tree, a book in hand. She looks ahead with a sweet expression, watching as a few colorful leaves fall through the autumn sky. She wears a pale green kimono patterned with curving grasses in metallic pigment, tied with a blue gray and black striped obi. An attractive design.
Artist - Terazaki Kogyo (1866 - 1919)
Image Size - 10 1/4" x 7 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Horizontal folds. Two small holes in margin, repaired. Light toning, a few creases and spots. Please see photos for details.