IRIS (Suzuki Kason)

N.1 kuchi-e woodblock print
Year: 1907
Condition: good
Size: 31 x 21,5 cm



Elegant kuchi-e (口絵) frontispiece, made in 1907 by the artist Suzuki Kason (鈴木華邨) and entitled “Iris” (あやめ). The work, depicting a bijin (美人) beauty in the wonderful setting of a field of iris flowers in the month of May, is taken from vol. 13 n. 7 of the famous literary magazine Bungei Kurabu (文芸倶楽部).

Suzuki Kason (1860 – 1919), although known to collectors mainly for his xylographic frontispieces, indeed rather rare to find, was above all a prolific painter of traditional style, as well as a member of the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts (帝国美術院).

The print, published by Hakubunkan (博文館), despite the aging of the Japanese washi paper (和紙) and a very small sign of worming in the upper right, is in good general condition.