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Keishu
Takeuchi Keishu, 1861-1942
First Laugh
(Issho)

kuchi-e (frontispiece) for vol 16, no. 1, the New Year's issue of Bungei Kurabu (popular literary magazine) signed Keishu with artist's seal Shin, December 1909
11 3/4 by 8 7/8 in., 30 by 22.5 cm
Takeuchi Keishu designed six New Year's kuchi-e related to the zodiac cycle. This print, issued in December of 1909, features a young beauty holding a puppy to celebrated the coming year of the dog in 1910.
References:
Helen Merritt, Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints: Reflections of Meiji Culture, 2000, p. 146, no. 6.10
Nanako Yamada, Mokuhan Kuchi-e (Survey of Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints), 2006, p. 295
price: $ 450