Bijin Kuchi-e Color Offset Lithographs and Taishō-Era Popular Magazines (Updated)

OVERVIEW

The period 1914 through 1921 has been called by Kendall Brown the "'golden age' of bijin kuchi-e”.1 During this golden age (and continuing into the 1930s), thousands of inserted pictures (kuchi-e), mostly printed using metal plate lithography and photo-offset printing, were commissioned from both well-known and little-known artists by publishers of mass-market popular culture magazines (taishū zasshi). The vast majority of these illustrations depicted beautiful women (bijin) and they appeared as inserted frontispieces, illustrations to serialized novels, advertisements, promotional supplements, as well as cover illustrations.

PRINTS IN COLLECTION 

COMPLETE MAGAZINES WITH BIJIN KUCHI-E INSERT

Fujin sekai (Women's World), April 1918

Cover "Before the Marriage" by Akashi Seiichi (act. c. 1910-1930s)

Insert "Reishō" by Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921)

IHL Cat. #2400

Fujin sekai (Women's World), Autumn Special Issue, October 1918

Cover "Harimono" by Suzuki Noriko (active c. 1918)

Insert "Reishō" by Morita Hisashi (active c. 1910s-1930s)

IHL Cat. #2401

Katei zasshi (The Home Journal), Volume 2, Number 6, June 1, 1916

Cover "Early Summer" by Saitō Ioe (1884-1966)

Insert "Visit" by Yamamura Kōka (Toyonari) (1885-1942)

IHL Cat. #2663

Katei zasshi (The Home Journal), Volume 2, Number 7, July 1, 1916

Cover "Swans" by Sugiura Hisui (1876-1965)

Insert "Approval or Disapproval" by Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921)

IHL Cat. #2664

BIJIN KUCHI-E  SEPARATED FROM ORGINAL MAGAZINE

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Onatsu Kyōran (Onatsu's Madness),

c. 1914-1921

Oda Tomiya (1896-1990)

7 9/16 x 10 in.

(19.2 x 25.4 cm)

IHL Cat. #1871

Bijin in Brown Kimono (untitled) from an unknown magazine,

c. 1915-early 1930s

Igawa Sengai (1876-1961)

12 5/16 x 8 3/4 in.

(31.3 x 22.2 cm)

IHL Cat. #1616 

Bijin with Sake Bowl (阿艶殿) from an unknown magazine,

c. 1915-early 1930s

Igawa Sengai (1876-1961)

printing company:Tokyo Seibidō

11 11/16 x 8 11/16 in.

(29.7 x 22.1 cm)

IHL Cat. #1798

Onshi no musume (恩師の娘) from an unknown magazine,

c. 1915-early 1930s

Igawa Sengai (1876-1961)

11 13/16 x 8 3/8 in.

(30 x 21.3 cm)

IHL Cat. #1861

Life's Fallen Leaves (生命の落葉) from an unknown magazine

c. 1915-early 1930s 

Igawa Sengai (1876-1961)

11 7/8 x 8 5/8 in.

(30.2 x 21.9 cm)

IHL Cat. #1878

Woman in Brown Kimono (untitled) from an unknown magazine

c. 1915-early 1930s

Morita Hisashi (active c. 1910s-early 1930s)

9 1/8 x 6 1/8 in.

(23.2 x 15.6 cm)

IHL Cat. #1633

Woman in Blue Kimono (untitled) from an unknown magazine

c. 1915-early 1930s

Morita Hisashi (active c. 1910s-1930s)

8 13/16 x 5 3/4 in.

(22.4 x 14.6 cm)

IHL Cat. #1634

Modern Woman in Café (untitled) from an unknown magazine

c. 1915-early 1930s

Morita Hisashi (active c. 1910s-1930s)

8 11/16 x 6 1/8 in.

(22.1 x 15.6 cm)

IHL Cat. #1635

Woman in Stripped Kimono Carrying Furoshiki  (untitled)

from an unknown magazine 

c. 1915-early 1930s

Morita Hisashi (active c. 1910s-1930s)

8 3/4 x 5 15/16 in.

(22.2 x 15.1 cm)

IHL Cat. #1636 

Woman Looking in Shop Window (untitled)

from an unknown magazine

c. 1915-early 1930s

Morita Hisashi (active c. 1910s-1930s)

8 3/4 x 5 15/16 in.

(22.2 x 15.1 cm)

IHL Cat. #1637

Woman and Caged Bird (untitled) from an unknown magazine

c. 1915-early 1930s

Morita Hisashi (active c. 1910s-1930s)

7 3/16 x 4 13/16 in.

(18.3 x 12.2 cm)

IHL Cat. #1638 

Modern Woman Looking in Shop Window Before the New Year (untitled) from an unknown magazine

c. 1915-early 1930s

Morita Hisashi (active c. 1910s-1930s)

7 7/8 x 5 3/4 in.

(20 x 14.6 cm)

IHL Cat. #1639

Woman and Child Looking at Doll Display (untitled) from an unknown magazine

 c. 1915-early 1930s

Morita Hisashi (active c. 1910s-1930s)

8 15/16 x 5 9/16 in.

(22.7 x 14.1 cm)

IHL Cat. #1640

Woman at Beach (untitled) from an unknown magazine

c. 1915-early 1930s

Morita Hisashi (active c. 1910s-1930s)

printing company: Tokyo Seibidō

14 1/8 x 7 1/4 in.

(35.9 x 18.4 cm)

IHL Cat. #2388

Reishō, from the magazine Fujin sekai, October 1918

publisher: Jitsugyō no Nihonsha

Morita Hisashi (active c. 1910s-1930s)

printing company: Tokyo Mitsuma Print Shop Rotary Offset Printing

11 7/8 x 8 11/16 in.

(30.2 x 22.1 cm)

IHL Cat. #2401a


Approval or Disapproval, from the magazine Katei zasshi (The Home Journal), Volume 2, No. 7

(家庭雑誌 第二巻 第七號)

July 1916

Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921)

(reproduction of artist's original painting on silk),

publisher: Hakubunkan

printing company: Tokyo Seibidō

14 1/4 x 7 1/2 in.

(36.2 x 19.1 cm)

IHL Cat. #1345

 Bijin in Brown Haori Over Green Kimono (untitled) from an unknown magazine

c. 1915-early 1930s

Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921)

14 1/4 x 10 1/8 in.

(36.2 x 26 cm)

IHL Cat. #1786

Bijin in Black Kimono Holding Thread (untitled) from an unknown magazine

c. 1915-early 1930s

Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921)

14 5/8 x 9 15/16 in.

(37.1 x 25.2 cm)

IHL Cat. #1787

An October Diary

(Jūgatsu no nikki) frontispiece appearing in the magazine Katei zasshi (The Home Journal),

 Vol. 1, No. 5, October 1915

Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921)

publisher: Hakubunkan

14 5/16 x 7 1/4 in.

(36.4 x 18.4 cm)

IHL Cat. #2390

Reishō from the magazine

Fujin sekai, April 1918

publisher: Jitsugyō no Nihonsha

Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921)

11 7/8 x 8 5/8 in.

(30.2 x 21.9 cm)

IHL Cat. #2400a

Bijin with parasol in snow (untitled) from an unknown magazine

c. 1915-early 1930s

anonymous (unsigned)

11 11/16 x 8 3/8 in.

(29.7 x 21.3 cm)

IHL Cat. #2411 

Bijin Reading (untitled) from an unknown magazine, c. 1915-early 1930s

Ikeda Shōen (1886-1917)

14 7/16 x 7 5/16 in.

(36.7 x 18.6 cm)

IHL Cat. #2394

Festival of Dolls (untitled) from an unknown magazine

c. 1915-early 1930s

Shiizuoka Shōka (?-?)

printing company: Tokyo Seibidō

14 3/8 x 7 7/16 in.

(36.5 x 18.9 cm)

IHL Cat. #2393 

Two Women with Teapot and Books (untitled)

from an unknown magazine

c. 1920-early 1930s

Noguchi Kōgai (b. c. 1899, active 1919-1930s)

 12 1/2 x 6 3/4 in.

(31.8 x 17.1 cm)

IHL Cat. #1629 

The Bottom of Tears (涙の底 Namida no soko)* from an unknown magazine

c. 1920-early 1930s

Noguchi Kōgai (b. c. 1899, active 1919-1930s)

 8 1/2 x 5 9/16 in.

(21.6 x 14.1 cm)

*title taken from pencilled notation on verso

IHL Cat. #1628

Trap (罠 Wana)* from an unknown magazine

c. 1920-early 1930s

Noguchi Kōgai (b. c. 1899, active 1919-1930s)

 8 3/4 x 5 9/16 in.

(22.2 x 14.1 cm)

*title taken from pencilled notation on verso

IHL Cat. #1630

Peeping (のぞき Nozoki)* 

with signboard for the mechanical puppet play The Love Suicide of Osome and

Hisamatsu from an unknown magazine

c. 1920-early 1930s

Noguchi Kōgai (b. c. 1899, active 1919-1930s)

9 1/2 x 5 5/16 in.

(24.1 x 13.5 cm)

*title taken from pencilled notation on verso

IHL Cat. #1631

Sanuki masu 讃岐桝* frontispiece from the magazine Omoshiro Club (面白クラブ), Volume 4, Number 3

February 1919

Noguchi Kōgai (b. c. 1899, active 1919-1930s)

publisher: Kōdansha 講談社

9 1/16 x 5 13/16 in.

(23 x 14.8 cm)

*title taken from pencilled notation on verso

IHL Cat. #1632