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Bijin and paper lantern (untitled)

Igawa Sengai (1876-1961)

 Japanese Color Offset Lithograph

Bijin and Paper Lantern (untitled)

by Kaburaki Kiyokata, c. 1915-early 1930s

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IHL Cat. #2387

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. Kiyokata a towering art figure could rely on a steady income from his illustrations.

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 #2387
 Title or Description Bijin and paper lantern (untitled)
 Magazine unknown
 Kikuchi Keigetsu (1879-1955)
 Signature   清方 Kiyokata
 Seal no seal
 Publication Date c. 1915-early 1930s
 Publisher unknown
東京 精美堂ロータリーオフセット印刷 Tokyo Seibidō Rotary Offset Printing
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - toning; light foxing and soiling
 Genre bijin kuchi-e
 H x W Paper 14 7/16 x 7 7/16 in. (36.7 x 18.9 cm)
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latest revision:
10/8/2020 created