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Life's Fallen Leaves

Noguchi Kōgai (active c. 1920s-1930s)

Japanese Color Offset Lithograph

Life's Fallen Leaves (生命の落葉)

by Igawa Sengai, c. 1915-early 1930s

Noguchi Kōgai (active c. 1920s-1930s)

IHL Cat. #1878

About This Print

This bijin kuchi-e with its characteristic tri-fold, resulting from its insertion into a popular culture magazine (taishū zasshi), served as an illustration for the story Life's Fallen Leaves appearing in an unknown magazine.

About Taishō-Era Bijinga Kuchi-e
Kendall Brown identifies the "golden age" of bijin kuchi-e, illustrations of beautiful women appearing in Taisho-era popular magazines, as the period between 1914 and 1921, with the genre continuing into the 1930s.

For more information on this genre and popular magazines of the period see the article Bijin Kuchi-e and Taisho-Era Popular Magazines on this website. 

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1878
 Title or Description
Life's Fallen Leaves 生命の落葉 
 Magazine illustration of the story Life's Fallen Leaves appearing in an unknown magazine
 Artist 
 Igawa Sengai (1876-1961)
 Signature 
 洗厓 Sengai
 Seal
unread seal, as shown above
 Publication Date c. 1915-early 1930s
 Edition 
 Publisher unknown
 Printer
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair - paper loss along top of print
 Miscellaneous 
 Genre bijin kuchi-e
 Format 
 H x W Paper 11 7/8 x 8 5/8 in. (30.2 x 21.9 cm)
 Collections This Print 
 Reference Literature
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10/6/2020 created
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