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Woodblock kuchi-e prints : reflections of Meiji culture

Author: Helen Merritt; Nanako Yamada
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Merritt; Nanako Yamada
ISBN: 0824820738 9780824820732
OCLC Number: 41476767
Description: xii, 284 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Helen Merritt, Nanako Yamada.

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