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Woodblock kuchi-e prints : reflections of Meiji culture

Merritt, Helen.
Woodblock kuchi-e prints : reflections of Meiji culture / Helen Merritt, Nanako Yamada.
Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, ©2000.
xii, 284 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-270) and index.
  • Setting the Stage
  • Late Blooming Meiji Prints
  • Why Explore Kuchi-E?
  • Westernization and Tradition
  • Precursors of Kuchi-E
  • Evolution of Meiji Novels
  • Bungei Kurabu
  • Kuchi-e as Prints
  • Lingering Twilight of the Ukiyo-E Style
  • Eclecticism
  • Inroads into Stylization
  • Planes, Space and Time
  • New Postures and Faces for Women
  • The Challenge of Meiji Men
  • Printing
  • Notations, Carvers, and Printers
  • Glimpses of the Past
  • Identity with Japanism
  • Early Values
  • Tokugawa and Meiji Morality
  • Glimpses of the Present
  • Family Structure and Individual Choice
  • Social Mobility
  • Spread of Education
  • Corrupting Power of Money
  • Effects of Higher Education for Women
  • Ideological Novels
  • Toward Domestic Tranquility
  • The Self and Expression of Feelings
  • "Self" as Perceived in Japan
  • Expression of Feelings
  • Gentle Pathos
  • Fantasies of Romantic Love
  • Illness and Suicide
  • Bijin-ga and Their Messages
  • Bijin-Ga Painting
  • Bijin-Ga Kuchi-E
  • Changing Perceptions of Womanhood
  • Idealized Women and Nature
  • Seasons and Their Symbols
  • Celebrations and Rituals
  • Tradition, Style and Elegance
  • Women at Work
  • Echoes from the Russo-Japanese War
  • Kuchi-e Artists in the World of Meiji Painters
  • Status of Traditional Schools of Painters
  • Influence from Kikuchi Yosai
  • Illustration as a Profession
  • Painting and Politics
  • Standing of Kuchi-E Artists in Painting Exhibitions
  • Facsimile Signatures and Seals
  • Sources of the Kuchi-E.
"Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints: Reflections of Meiji Culture is a pioneer exploration of a previously neglected genre of late Meiji art: the type of handmade multicolor book frontispieces known as kuchi-e. Early European collectors assumed that the Japanese woodblock tradition came to an end in Western-tainted prints. Although many crudely colored prints of subjects such as steam trains and men in derby hats did flood the Japanese market, the works introduced in this readable volume make clear that there was another class of popular woodblock tradition unknown to foreigners that continued into the early twentieth century.
In their examination of this late flowering of the woodblock print, the authors provide not only an introduction to a popular artistic tradition but also a new lens through which to view Japanese life at the end of the nineteenth century."--Jacket.
Subject headings
Color prints, Japanese--Meiji period, 1868-1912. Illustration of books--Japan--Meiji period, 1868-1912. Frontispiece.


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