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Bijin in brown kimono (untitled)

Noguchi Kōgai (active c. 1920s-1930s)

Japanese Color Lithograph and/or Photo Offset Print

Bijin in brown kimono (untitled)

by Igawa Sengai, c. 1915-1920

Noguchi Kōgai (active c. 1920s-1930s)

IHL Cat. #1616

About This Print

This kuchi-e with its characteristic tri-fold from being inserted in a book or magazine either illustrated a story or served as a promotional 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), Shufunotomo 主婦之友 (The Housewifes' 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.

Unfortunately most kuchi-e have become separated from the original magazines or novels they were inserted in, making it impossible to determine what they may have been illustrating.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1616
 Title or Description Bijin in brown kimono  (untitled)
 Magazine unknown
 Igawa Sengai (1876-1961)


 Seal sealed 洗厓 Sengai (see above)
 Publication Date c. 1915-1920
 Publisher unknown
 Printer unknown
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre bijin kuchi-e
 H x W Paper 12 5/16 x 8 3/4 in. (31.3 x 22.2 cm)
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