Kuchi-e

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Kuchi-e are loosely classified as handmade multicoloured prints made for book frontispieces. They generally have 2 or 3 folds in the print as they were tucked into the book. At times it can be difficult to link the scene depicted to the actual story told. Gekko did the illustrations for a number of kuchi-e, the majority of images shown here are woodblock prints, the last one is a lithograph. Many of Gekko’s kuchi-e were produced for the magazine Bungei Kurabu (Literary Club).

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