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Bijin with sake bowl

Noguchi Kōgai (active c. 1920s-1930s)

Japanese Color Lithograph and/or Photo Offset Print

Bijin with sake bowl (阿艶殿)

by Igawa Sengai, c. 1915-1920

Noguchi Kōgai (active c. 1920s-1930s)

IHL Cat. #1798

About This Print

This kuchi-e with its characteristic horizontal tri-fold from being inserted in a book or magazine and then folded to fit, would most likely have served as an illustration for a story, possibly as a frontispiece.   From 1915 to the early 1920s, when this print was likely created, hundreds, if not thousands, of illustrations by well-known and little-known artists appeared in mass market popular culture magazines targeted at women such as Bungei kurabu 文芸俱楽部 (Literary Club, 1895-1933), Kōdan kurabo 講談倶楽部 (Kōdan Club, 1911-1946), Kōdan zasshiFujokai (Women's World, 1910-1952)Jogaku sekai 女学世界 (The World of Women's Learning, c. 1901-1913)and Shufunotomo 主婦之友 (The Housewife's Friend, 1917-?).  By the 1920s, most of the illustrations were reproduced by lithography and/or photo-offset printing (distinctive half-tone dot patterns are visible in all areas or portions of the print) rather than woodblock.

The title of the print 阿艶殿 is in the upper left corner of the print, but I have not been able to translate it.  The name of the printing company appears in the lower left corner of the print, but in type too small to clearly decipher (see enlarged photo below), except for the characters オフセット印刷, "offset printing".

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1798
 Title or Description titled 阿艶殿 in upper left-hand corner of print.
 "Bijin with sake bowl" is a descriptive title.
 Magazine unknown
 Igawa Sengai (1876-1961)
 not signed
sealed 洗厓 Sengai
 Publication Date c. 1915-1920
 Publisher unknown
 Printer unknown
 partial reading is オフセット印刷 "offset printing"
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair - uneven trimming caused by removal from original magazine; mottled surface from an unknown cause
 Genre kuchi-e; bijinga
 H x W Paper 11 11/16 x 8 11/16 in. (29.7 x 22.1 cm)
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