COOLNESS ON THE BANK (Takeuchi Keishu)


N.1 kuchi-e woodblock print
Year: 1910
Condition: very good
Size: 21 x 29 cm

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Original woodblock print of the kuchi-e (口絵) type made in August 1910 by the artist Takeuchi Keishu (武内桂舟) and depicting a woman who, sitting on a bench covered with a red cloth, enjoys the evening cool on the bank of a stream at the end of a hot summer day.

The work is entitled “Suzumidai” (涼み台), that is “Bench for Cooling Off”, and is taken from vol. 16 n. 11 of Bungei Kurabu (文芸倶楽部), the famous literary magazine published from 1895 to 1933 by the Hakubunkan (博文館) publishing house.

The print on Japanese washi paper (和紙), despite the right signs of aging and a partial trimming of the margins, is in overall very good condition.