Gekko's Essays - Begun in 1886, "Gekko's Essays" (Zuihitsu) is a wonderful series encompassing a wide range of subjects. Gekko depicts figures from history and mythology, including famous beauties, poets, scholars, and warriors, along with a few supernatural creatures. These handsome designs are rendered in Gekko's distinctive painterly style, with soft washes of color and flowing calligraphic line work, expertly printed by Matsuki Heikichi to capture these qualities. The series was completed by 1887, but woodblocks are found with dates up to 1899, proving the popularity of the designs, which continued to be printed. A great choice to collect or display.
Gathering Bracken - Charming scene of a beauty and a young girl gathering spring greens. The girl bends down to pluck the tender leaves to place in the basket carried by her companion. The woman looks up as several women approach beyond the hill, chatting and gesturing to each other. An attractive spring scene with soft shading on the hills and water, and a bird flying past at right.
Artist - Gekko (1859 - 1920)
Image Size - 12 3/4" x 8 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Backed with somewhat stiff paper. A few stains. Please see photos for details.
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