The Single-Winged Bird
kuchi-e (frontispiece) illustration for the novel The Single Winged Bird by Nishimura Suimu, published in the literary magazine Bungei Kurabu (popular literary magazine), unsigned, May 1906
8 3/4 by 11 3/4 in., 22.3 by 29.9 cm
This frontispiece illustration accompanied the novel The Single Winged Bird by Nishimura Suimu (1879-1943), published in the literary magazine Bungei Kurabu (Literary Arts Club), on May 1,1906. The subject is the beautiful and wealthy heroine, twenty-year-old Ineko, wearing a frothy yellow Western dress with bell sleeves, and two strands of beads at her neck. She delicately scatters pink petals over water with three white swans gliding by. Ineko seems to be lost in thought, presumably pining for her secret love, Ono, a poor student who works for her parents in exchange for lodging.
Julia Meech-Pekarik, The World of the Meiji Print, 1986, pl. 38
Nanako Yamada, Mokuhan Kuchi-e (Survey of Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints), 2006, p. 253
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession no. JP3189
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