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Bijin with letter (untitled)

Noguchi Kōgai (active c. 1920s-1930s)

Japanese Color Offset Lithograph

Bijin with Letter (untitled)

by Ikeda Terukata, c. 1915-early 1930s

Noguchi Kōgai (active c. 1920s-1930s)

IHL Cat. #1345

About This Print

This bijin kuchi-e with its characteristic tri-fold, resulting from its insertion into a popular culture magazine (taishū zasshi), is a reproduction of an original painting on silk by the artist and likely served as a frontispiece in an unknown magazine.

About Taishō-Era Bijinga Kuchi-e
Kendall Brown identifies the "golden age" of bijin kuchi-e, illustrations of beautiful women appearing in Taisho-era popular magazines, as the period between 1914 and 1921, with the genre continuing into the 1930s.

For more information on this genre and popular magazines of the period see the article Bijin Kuchi-e and Taisho-Era Popular Magazines on this website. 

Comparison of original painting on silk (left) with its print reproduction (right)

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Bijin with letter (untitled)
 Magazine unknown
 Artist Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921)
 Signature not signed
 Seal 輝方 Terukata
 Publication Date c. 1915-early 1930s
 Publisher unknown
Tokyo Seibidō Rotary Offset Printing

 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre bijin kuchi-e 雑誌口絵
 H x W Paper 
 14 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (36.2 x 19.1 cm)
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