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Mother and Child - Kuchi-e

Eisen Tomioka 1864-1905

Eisen Tomioka 1864-1905


Eisen Tomioka was born in Nagano prefecture under the name of Hidetaro. He went to Tokyo to study drafting and was employed by the army as a civilian. Later he resigned from the army and became a full time illustrator. Most of his works were illustrations for newspapers, journals and books - called kuchi-e.

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Mother and Child - Kuchi-e

Eisen Tomioka 1864-1905

A mother and her crying son. A house was depicted in black and white on the round inset.
Kuchi-e (frontispiece illustration) was made for the popular literary magazines largely aimed at the female readers in Meiji-Taisho era. They were published by newly established publishers such as Bungei Kurabu, Shunyodo and Suzando.
These publishing companies; among which Chuo-koronsha, Kodansha, Shinchosha still exist; published not only literary subjects but also many different everyday subjects such as cooking, sewing and hobbies as monthly publications.


Artist's seal (Eisen).

Ca. 1900 - 1910.

Woodblock print.

Very good.

Very good ... Burnishing. Shomen-zuri patterns on her hair.

Very good ... Toned. Slight foxing. A needle sized worm hole on the top right. Two vertical folds usual for kuchi-e.

11.2 inches = 28.5 cm

8.9 inches = 22.5 cm

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