- Kuchie by Takeuchi Keishu
- c 1910
- A beauty reading by lamplight with a curious mouse observing.
- The mouse is the zodiac sign for 1912, is perched atop the stand for an oil lamp. Plum blossoms, in anticipation of spring, and cranes, symbols for long life, decorate her outer kimono. Both her hairstyle and patterns on her kimono are reminiscent of the Genroku era (1688-1704), a golden age of culture in the Edo period. They reflect a revitalized interest in ukiyo-e that was stimulated by artists who had returned from study in Europe where they learned of the high regard enjoyed by Japanese prints abroad.
- Ref: Helen Merritt, “Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints – Reflections of the Meiji Culture” p.147 & 148.
- The print is 11-1/2″ x 8-1/2 approximately.
- Very good to excellent colors and condition, but as with most kuchi-e there is a fold.
- Kuchi-e were magazine frontispieces.