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Kuchi-e prints were frontispiece illustrations for novels and literary magazines. Brimming with wistful beauties and romantic allusions, kuchi-e reinvigorated the woodblock print medium from the 1890s through the 1910s. Bound within the text, these works transcended illustration to capture the characters, atmosphere and sentiment of each story as a whole. As kuchi-e artists found inspiration in Western artists and ukiyo-e masters, these prints offer the nuanced color of watercolor alongside the exquisite use of burnishing and metallic pigment. Since kuchi-e were folded into either half or thirds to fit within their books, it is normal for these prints to bear one or two creases.
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